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1607: A New Look at Jamestown
     

1607: A New Look at Jamestown

by Karen Lange
 

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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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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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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426300127
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
02/13/2007
Series:
Childrenapos Ser.
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
624,525
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 11.23(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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