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New world, inc. : the making of America by England's merchant adventurers

Author: John Butman; Simon Targett
Publisher: New York ; Boston ; London Little, Brown and Company March 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Describes how English merchant adventurers, in search of new markets and trading partners, were the earliest founders of America, with profit as their primary motive.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Butman; Simon Targett
ISBN: 0316307882 9780316307888
OCLC Number: 1033642265
Notes: Map on endpapers.
Description: xxv, 405 Seiten, 8 ungezählte Seiten Bildtafeln : Illustrationen, 2 Karten, Portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The prequel to the pilgrims --
I: Before America, 1551-1574. Waxing cold and in decay ; The lure of Cathay ; The mysterie ; A newe and strange navigation ; An elusive realm --
II: Enterprise, 1574-1604. 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 --
III: Commonwealth, 1604-1621. Two Virginias ; A public plantation ; First colony ; A stake in the ground ; A weighty voyage --
Forgotten founders.
Responsibility: John Butman et Simon Targett.

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Describes how English merchant adventurers, in search of new markets and trading partners, were the earliest founders of America, with profit as their primary motive.

"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. As this absorbing account shows, innovation and risk-taking were at the heart of the settlement of America, as was the profit motive. Trade and business drove English interest in establishing colonies, and determined what happened once their ships reached the New World. The result of extensive archival work and a bold interpretation of the historical record, New World, Inc. draws a portrait of life in London, on the Atlantic, and across the New World that offers a fresh analysis of the founding of America. .

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