Bernard Bailyn gives us a
compelling, fresh account of the first great transit of people from Britain,
Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each
other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.
The immigrants were a mixed
multitude. They came from England, the Netherlands, the German and Italian
states, France, Africa, Sweden, and Finland, and they moved to the western
hemisphere for different reasons, from different social backgrounds and cultures.
They represented a spectrum of religious attachments. In the early years, their
stories are not mainly of triumph but of confusion, failure, violence, and the
loss of civility as they sought to normalize situations and recapture lost
worlds. It was a thoroughly brutal encounter—not only between the Europeans and
native peoples and between Europeans and Africans but among Europeans
themselves, as they sought to control and prosper in the new configurations of
life that were emerging around them. Download and start listening now!