Over 350,000 intrepid English men, women, and children
migrated to America in the seventeenth century, leaving behind their homeland
for an uncertain future on distant shores. Whether they settled in Jamestown,
Salem, or Barbados, these early English migrants—entrepreneurs, soldiers, and
pilgrims alike—sought to re-create their old country in the new land.
Yet as Malcolm Gaskill reveals in Between Two Worlds,
colonists’ efforts to remake England and retain their Englishness proved
impossible. As they strove to leave their mark on the New World, they too were
altered: by harsh wilderness, by illness and infighting, and by bloody battles
with Indians. Gradually acclimating to their new environment, later generations
realized that they were perhaps not even English at all. These were the first
Americans, and their newfound independence would propel them along the path toward
A major work of transatlantic history, Between Two Worlds
brilliantly illuminates the long, complicated, and often traumatic process by
which English colonists became American. Download and start listening now!