A Land as God Made it: Jamestown and the Birth of America

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Basic Books, 2005 - History - 337 pages
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"A Land As God Made art describes the unimaginable hardships endured by early colonists in their efforts to establish a settlement, their search for gold mines and a passage to the Pacific, and their hopes of finding fabulously wealthy Indian civilizations. It details the dramatic exploits of Captain John Smith and his relationship with the two great Powhatan chiefs of the era, Wahunsonacock and Opechancanough. It reveals the tragic consequences of English attempts to convert the Powhatans to Christianity - a crusade that colonists anticipated would unite English and Indian in a Protestant North America that would challenge the might of the archenemy, Catholic Spain." "Armed with knowledge of Jamestown's role in early American history, James Horn has written an account of the first years of the colony that gave rise to America."--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America

User Review  - Noah Dropkin - Goodreads

I learned nothing about Jamestown growing up, thinking, like most Americans apparently, that the first major English settlement of North America was by the Pilgrims in 1620. The Jamestown experience ... Read full review

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User Review  - Toby Stroud - Goodreads

This is the first book i have read in my long-term goal of reading through US history from colonial times to present day. The history of Jamestown is one of pestilence, death, and despair. The ... Read full review

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James Horn is O'Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and lecturer at the College of William & Mary. He has written and edited several books on topics in colonial and early American history. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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