Jamestown & the Birth of America

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    A Mirror to Ourselves
    By Suzanne Fields, Washington Times
    September 3, 2007

    Jamestown has none of the patriotic mythology of Plymouth Rock, although it was the first permanent English settlement in North America, established 13 years before the Mayflower Compact. Our forbears arrived on three small ships, the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery. Virginians, with a twinkle in their eye, point out that the New England pilgrims were actually looking for Virginia and ended in Plymouth by mistake: They missed the highway signs. Jamestown settlers had no great thanksgiving feast because the Indians were not particularly friendly and the Englishmen were starving soon after they arrived. They came in search of gold and spent most of their time searching for something to eat.

    Karen Kupperman, a scholar of Jamestown, summed it up at a Washington symposium earlier this year celebrating the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first colony: "Jamestown is the creation story from hell." Indeed. The history is a devil's brew boiling with good and evil, opportunism and heroism, barbarism and slavery.

    But an understanding of Jamestown better captures the complexities inherent in our founding than the experience of the pilgrims of New England, who get considerably more space in the history books. "You can't airbrush out the tragic consequences of colonization," says James Horn, author of A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America. He shows the brutality and the perseverance, the toughness it took to overcome human nature and the nature of beasts and vegetation at the mercy of a climate that dictated a hardscrabble life. "But Jamestown," he writes, "provides us with a mirror. If we don't understand our history, we can't understand ourselves."

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20070903/EDITORIAL02/109030005/1013/EDITORIAL
     
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    Not being taught any more in schools? Even I knew about this when i went to school. It would be a shame if it wasn't discussed in the school curriculum.

    And don't I recall reading something about a "lost colony" or was this it?
     
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    Roanoke Island was the lost colony as I recall.
     
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    Ah, thank you for that, I've only got a faint recollection of it - I need to dig out my Samuel Eliot Morrison again. Brave and hardy people they were.
     
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    I teach Jamestown, Plimouth too!

    http://www.jamestownjourney.com/Home.htm

    A couple years ago, when the diocese still allowed overnight field trips, we took the 7th/8th grades to Boston. We went to Plimouth Plantation, which any kid from 6-90 would enjoy:

    http://www.plimoth.org/
     
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    Beat me to it.
     
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    The first white child born in America was Virginia Dare.

    Al Sharpton immediately held a protest.
     
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    Does Al Sharpton even KNOW what a protest IS?

    Funny man..........:lol:
     
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    Yeah, I just learned about the "Jamestown Scandal" in my college history class. Never studied it in school. I knew more about Roanoke than I did about Jamestown. :eusa_boohoo:
     

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