February 21, 2017

1607: Jamestown and the New World by Dennis Montgomery

By Dennis Montgomery

1607 vividly tells the tale of the founding of Jamestown, recounting the placement of the unique Indian population, the arriving of the British settlers four hundred years in the past, the development of town, and sleek excavations on the website. alongside the best way, we meet such common figures as King James, John Smith, and Pocahontas. We additionally stumble upon unusual episodes of cannibalism and skullduggery, heroism and romantic love. The booklet is a compilation of articles from Colonial Williamsburg journal.

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