Making Haste From Babylon

Making Haste From Babylon

The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World : A New History

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At the end of 1618, a blazing green star soared across the night sky over the northern hemisphere. From the Philippines to the Arctic, the comet became a sensation and a symbol, a warning of doom or a promise of salvation. Two years later, as the Pilgrims prepared to sail across the Atlantic on board the Mayflower, the atmosphere remained charged with fear and expectation. Men and women readied themselves for war, pestilence, or divine retribution. Against this background, and amid deep economic depression, the Pilgrims conceived their enterprise of exile.

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. Using a wealth of new evidence from landscape, archaeology, and hundreds of overlooked or neglected documents, Nick Bunker gives a vivid and 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.

The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, political radicals as well as Christian idealists. Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth, from their roots in religious conflict and village strife at home to their final creation of a permanent foothold in America.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the complexities of Pilgrim character from their radical sectarian beliefs to their entrepreneurial capabilities, drawing on previously untapped sources to offer insight into how they established a thriving New Plymouth settlement in spite of formidable circumstances.

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the complexities of Pilgrim character, from their radical sectarian beliefs to their entrepreneurial capabilities, drawing on previously untapped sources to offer insight into how they established a thriving settlement in spite of formidable circumstances.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307266828
Branch Call Number: 974.402 BUN
Characteristics: xiv, 489 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 20, 2015

Highly detailed, thorough, if academic new look at the Mayflower Pilgrims before they were the Pilgrims. Based on research in archives primarily in England, but also in Europe, and America. Puritan ideas seem to have sprouted first in Yorkshire, judging by where the earliest Pilgrim leaders themselves came from, and the extensive connections between them. Yet they couldn't have gone to New England had it not been for a section of London where Puritanism was also strong, and where Puritans with money began to support their cause. This is a very long book, full of details, engrossing. I'll leave with just one. The Mayflower experiment had to have some kind of export to send back to England and the rest of Europe in order to get the supplies it needed to support its growing population. Only when the French were drawn out of Maine, where Indians had set up transportation systems to get the beaver pelts necessary for the new craze of beaver hats to the coast, was it possible for the New Englanders to have a product to transport back to Europe that they could trade for enough supplies to keep them going. A facet of New England history I'd not considered or known about. Not for the faint hearted reader, but well worth the effort. You'll understand much better the foundations of our country.

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