The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624

Edited by Peter C. Mancall

608 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 illus., 6 maps, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5848-6
    Published: September 2007
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-3883-9
    Published: January 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8160-1
    Published: January 2018

Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

In response to the global turn in scholarship on colonial and early modern history, the eighteen essays in this volume provide a fresh and much-needed perspective on the wider context of the encounter between the inhabitants of precolonial Virginia and the English. This collection offers an interdisciplinary consideration of developments in Native America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake, highlighting the mosaic of regions and influences that formed the context and impetus for the English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. The volume reflects an understanding of Jamestown not as the birthplace of democracy in America but as the creation of a European outpost in a neighborhood that included Africans, Native Americans, and other Europeans.

With contributions from both prominent and rising scholars, this volume offers far-ranging and compelling studies of peoples, texts, places, and conditions that influenced the making of New World societies. As Jamestown marks its four-hundredth anniversary, this collection provides provocative material for teaching and launching new research.


Philip P. Boucher, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Peter Cook, Nipissing University

J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford

Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Sydney

Joseph Hall, Bates College

Linda Heywood, Boston University

James Horn, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

E. Ann McDougall, University of Alberta

Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California

Philip D. Morgan, Johns Hopkins University

David Northrup, Boston College

Marcy Norton, The George Washington University

James D. Rice, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania

David Harris Sacks, Reed College

Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington

Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University

David S. Shields, University of South Carolina

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, McGill University

James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin, Madison

John Thornton, Boston University

About the Author

Peter C. Mancall is professor of history and anthropology at the University of Southern California and director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is author of Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America and editor of Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery: An Anthology.
For more information about Peter C. Mancall, visit the Author Page.


"Studded with sparkling essays, some of which should become required reading."--Journal of Southern History

"With contributions from many of the most preeminent historians in the field, this work belongs in every college/university library."--Choice

"[A] very fine edited collection. . . . A rewarding read and an important reminder that the first permanent English settlement in North America survived."--Journal of British Studies

"An impressive volume. . . . Deserve[s] high praise."--Virginia Magazine

"This collection succeeds in dramatically broadening our perspective on the global context of early American history. . . . A magnificent array of the best scholars working in the field today, and these essays will only contribute to their status."--Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

"The essays . . . do a fine job of explicating parts of the economic, political, scientific, and ideological milieu out of which the Virginia experiment emerged."--Clio