Providence Island, 1630-1641 The Other Puritan Colony

ISBN-10: 0521558352

ISBN-13: 9780521558358

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Description: Providence Island was founded in 1630 at the same time as Massachusetts Bay by English puritans who thought an island off the coast of Nicaragua was far more promising than the cold, rocky shores of New England. Although they expected theirs to become a model godly society, the settlement never succeeded in building the kind of united and orderly community that the New Englanders created. In fact, they began large-scale use of slaves, and plunged into the privateering that invited the colony's extinction by the Spanish in 1641. As a well-planned and well-financed failure, Providence Island offers historians a standard by which to judge other colonies. By examining the failure of Providence Island, the author illuminates the common characteristics in all the successful English settlements, the key institutions without which men and women would not emigrate and a colony's economy could not thrive. This study of Providence Island reveals the remarkable similarities in many basic institutions among the early colonial regions.

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/30/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of maps
Preface
Author's note
The Providence Island company and its colony: the program
Founding a colony on Providence Island
Contested authority: the governorship of Captain Philip Bell
Frustrated hopes for economic development
Land and society: the middling planters
Servants into slaves
Military requirements and the people's response
The turbulent religious life of Providence Island
Governing puritan privateers: the governorships of Robert Hunt and Nathaniel Butler
The business history of the Providence Island company
The end and persistence of Providence Island
Appendixes
Biographical essay
Index
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