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Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History
 
 
Author
Nick Bunker.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.75 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780307266828
Pages/Publication Date 489/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21737
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The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs and political radicals as much as they were Christian reformers and idealists. Within a decade, despite crisis and catastrophe, they built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on beaver fur, corn, and cattle. In doing so, they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Nick Bunker gives us a strikingly original account of the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. From mercantile London and the rural England of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I to the mountains and rivers of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative that combines religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.

"This superb book secures for the Pilgrims their iconic perch among the earliest founders of colonial America. Bunker, a British investment banker turned journalist, has succeeded in writing a major history, unprecedented in its sweep, of the Plymouth Colony, a history centered on the 1620s but not exclusive to that decade.... Bunker takes his history in two directions, downward into some never before used archives (which allows him to add detail and texture), and outward into the entire world context of the Pilgrim settlements. Never before has such a comprehensive and thoroughly researched study of the subject appeared.... [The book] scoops up every relevant character and links all to the basic tale of indomitable courage, religious faith, commercial ambition, international rivalry, and domestic politics. The results are stunning. Certain to be the dominating work on the Pilgrims for decades."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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