Providence Island, 1630 1641: The Other Puritan Colony

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Juni 2004



Examines the failure of Providence Island, set up by English puritans in 1630 and extinct by 1641.


List of maps; Preface; Author's note; 1. The Providence Island company and its colony: the program; 2. Founding a colony on Providence Island; 3. Contested authority: the governorship of Captain Philip Bell; 4. Frustrated hopes for economic development; 5. Land and society: the middling planters; 6. Servants into slaves; 7. Military requirements and the people's response; 8. The turbulent religious life of Providence Island; 9. Governing puritan privateers: the governorships of Robert Hunt and Nathaniel Butler; 10. The business history of the Providence Island company; 11. The end and persistence of Providence Island; Appendixes; Biographical essay; Index.


"Kupperman's examination of Providence Island thus presents an unusual and hitherto largely hidden case in the wide-ranging experimentation of the English in the early settlement of the Americas. It will contribute to fresh assessments of Puritanism, slavery and the burgeoning market economy, and the English political situation to the process. This is a model work of scholarship built not only on wide ranging primary sources but also a sure and unpretentious grasp of a number of specialized secondary literatures." American Historical Review "Kupperman's study sparkles in its attention to the comparative aspects of colonization and to the context of English political, religious, economic, and diplomatic circumstances that shaped patterns of colonial life in the West Indies. ... In resurrecting the story and articulating the significance of Providence Island, Kupperman has crafted a richly contextualized and noteworthy study for those interested in Puritanism and English colonization in the Atlantic." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...well written, both scholarly and readable...This excellent book will give you a new slant on early colonial history." Stephanie Martin, Wilson Library Bulletin "[A] pioneering and energetic book...This is a marvelous work, an example of the study of great ideas and processes in a very small place. For this reason, if no other, Providence Island should be read with widened eyes by those in search either of West Indianness or of New England exceptionalism." Hilary McD. Beckles, William and Mary Quarterly "Kupperman has effectively rescued Providence Island from obscurity and used its story to shed new light on the process of English colonization that we thought we knew so well." Virginia deJohn Anderson, The Journal of American History "This is an extremely interesting and frequently thought-provoking book, and it is as revealing about English society on the eve of its Civil War as it is about the assumptions and circumstances of English colonization." Helena M. Wall, Reviews in American History "...this account of Providence Island makes a valuable correction to the course of colonial history -- one that no historian of seventeenth-century America or England can afford to ignore." Virginia Bernhard, The Journal of Southern History
EAN: 9780521558358
ISBN: 0521558352
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 412 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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