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New Book: The Virginia Venture: American Colonization and English Society, 1580-1660



Based on impeccable archival research and rich in detailed illustrative material, The Virginia Venture presents a fascinating portrait of the myriad social and economic connections that shaped how people interpreted and intervened in the emergence of an English Atlantic. This beautifully written and crafted book makes a major contribution to the literature on English colonization in the first half of the seventeenth century. 

James Horn, author of A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America

In this lucid, colorful and original study, Misha Ewen paints a portrait of early Virginia not just in relation to England but through it, from the perspective of the eastern side of the Atlantic. Many skillfully drawn vignettes of the everyday form a bigger picture in The Virginia Venture, demonstrating how extensively the colony lived in English consciousness and culture before it was fully viable, and how in the end this interest was crucial for its success.

Malcolm Gaskill, author of The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World

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