1607: A New Look at Jamestown


Life in the brand-new Jamestown colony in 1607 wasn't easy. The settlers arrived full of hope-then hard times brought despair. Now the latest archaelogical evidence offers us the clearest glimpse yet of one of the most fascinating chapters in American history.
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Life in the brand-new Jamestown colony in 1607 wasn't easy. The settlers arrived full of hope-then hard times brought despair. Now the latest archaelogical evidence offers us the clearest glimpse yet of one of the most fascinating chapters in American history.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3–6
In 1994, scientists unearthed important new evidence about the original Jamestown fort. The work is ongoing and has changed many established ideas about the early settlers. 1607 incorporates these findings and offers a fascinating look at archaeology in action. Color photographs of costumed interpreters and re-created buildings from the Jamestown Settlement living-history museum depict both English and Native American ways of life. Varying perspectives of the period are represented, including evidence that suggests that Native women married English settlers and lived at the fort; how the arrival of English women changed the dynamics of the settlement; and the importance of indentured servants versus the relatively small presence of African slaves. Attractive, engaging, and informative, this title should be in every collection.
—Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Lange uses recent research, including findings at the archeological project called Jamestown Rediscovery, to argue that disease and drought were a large part of the community's collapse, and that the new arrivals and native populations weren't as consistently at odds as is usually supposed. This in contrast to the conventional view, expressed most recently in Susan and William H. Harkins's Jamestown, the First English Colony (2006), that the 400-year-old settlement's early troubles (in the first 25 years, fully two-thirds of its residents died) were caused by the colonists' general ineptitude and lack of preparation. Illustrated with color photos of artifacts and of costumed re-enactors, this broad overview of the colony's first few decades-in particular its relationship with indigenous groups-makes a valuable lead-in to the likes of Sandy Pobst's more detail-oriented Virginia, 1607-1776 (2005). (multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426300127
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Series: Childrenapos Ser.
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 679,565
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.23 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen E. Lange is a journalist and writer with National Geographic Magazine. This is her first children's book. She lives in Tacoma Park, MD.

Ira Block has photographed on assignment for the National Geographic magazine, Traveler magazine, and National Geographic Adventure. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     5
Strangers in a Strange Land     7
A Native American Empire     13
All That Glitters     16
Nothing to Lose     19
Indians at the Fort     25
The Dying Times     27
Discovering the Drought     32
Green Gold     35
Winners Take All     39
A New Look at Jamestown     43
Chronology     45
Bibliography/Web Sites/Places to Visit     46
Sources for Quotes & Information     47
Index     48
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