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Author Butman, John, author.

Title New World, Inc. : the making of America by England's merchant adventurers / John Butman & Simon Targett.

Publication Info. New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    970.017 BUT    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    970.017 BUT    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xxv, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
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Note Map on endpapers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-353) and index.
Contents The prequel to the pilgrims -- Waxing cold and in decay -- The lure of Cathay -- The mysterie -- A newe and strange navigation -- An elusive realm -- The last great challenge of the age -- The supposed strait -- Tresor trouvee -- Ilandish empire -- Nova Albion -- To heaven by sea -- Western planting -- Principal navigations -- The old East and the new West -- Two Virginias -- A public plantation -- First colony -- A stake in the ground -- A weighty voyage -- Forgotten founders.
Summary Three generations of English merchant adventurers -- not the Pilgrims, as we have so long believed -- were the earliest founders of America. Profit -- not piety -- was their primary motive. Some seventy years before the Mayflower sailed, a small group of English merchants formed 'The Mysterie, Company, and Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers for the Discovery of Regions, Dominions, Islands, and Places Unknown,' one of the world's first joint-stock companies. Back then, in the mid-sixteenth century, England was a small and relatively insignificant kingdom on the periphery of Europe, and it had begun to face a daunting array of social, commercial, and political problems. Struggling with a single export -- woolen cloth -- the merchants were forced to seek new markets and trading partners, especially as political discord followed the straitened circumstances in which so many English people found themselves. At first the merchants headed east, and dreamed of Cathay -- China, with its silks and exotic luxuries. Eventually, they turned west, and so began a new chapter in world history. The work of reaching the New World required the very latest in navigational science as well as an extraordinary appetite for risk. Trade and business drove English interest in establishing colonies, and determined what happened once their ships reached the New World.
Subject America -- Discovery and exploration -- British.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History -- 16th century.
Colonial companies -- America -- History.
Great Britain -- Commerce -- History -- 16th century.
Added Author Targett, Simon, author.
ISBN 0316307882 (hardcover)
9780316307888 (hardcover)

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