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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorri Glover, Michael Prichard, Daniel Blake Smith Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The English had long dreamed of colonizing America, especially after Sir Francis Drake brought home Spanish treasure and dramatic tales from his raids in the Caribbean. Ambitions of finding gold and planting a New World colony seemed within reach when in 1606 Thomas Smythe extended overseas trade with the launch of the Virginia Company. But from the beginning the American enterprise was a disaster. Within two years warfare with Indians and dissent among the settlers threatened to destroy Smythe’s Jamestown just as it had Raleigh’s Roanoke a generation earlier.

To rescue the doomed colonists and restore order, the company chose a new leader, Thomas Gates. Nine ships left Plymouth in the summer of 1609—the largest fleet England had ever assembled—and sailed into the teeth of a storm so violent that “it beat all light from Heaven.” The inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the hurricane separated the flagship from the fleet, driving it onto reefs off the coast of Bermuda—a lucky shipwreck (all hands survived) which proved the turning point in the colony’s fortune.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elise | 2/2/2009

    " I wasn't interested enough in the subject to try and wade through all the quotations of old English. Very slow moving and dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 11/7/2008

    " This book tells how Bermuda became to be inhabited. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynne | 9/13/2008

    " I had never heard (or didn't remember)that that one of the ships sent with supplies and colonists for Jamestown during the "Starving Time" went aground on Bermuda. I will give it two stars because I learned something, but it was very, very dry. "

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About the Author

Lorri Glover is the author of two books on the early South, including Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation. She is a professor of early American history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.