This book examines the contribution of Cape Cod to the transformation of the Pilgrims' Plymouth into a mature colony. The author covers the exploration of the region as well as the early travels to the Cape before its settlement, explaining the eventual significance of individual towns like Sandwich, which became the colony's center of Quakerism. Politically, Cape towns forced the colony to adopt a representative legislature and economically, the Cape provided acreage for farming and sites for additional towns. King also examines why, despite the expansion and the growth, Plymouth still remained a poor and underpopulated colony. This book stands alone as the only study of the entire Cape to be published in this century.
Author Biography: H. Roger King is Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University.
The author has woven together the many strands of interaction between the Cape towns and the Colony on several different levels. In so doing he has not only referenced a huge number of the official records, but has also read every previously published work from the earliest to the most recent. The copious notes at the end of each chapter are themselves worthwhile reading for their rich content...this excellent little book is not only scholarly, but it is also a pleasure to read.
William and Mary Quarterly
This book assembles a broad variety of materials and revisits a somewhat neglected area of New England....Academic readers and local historians will doubtless find the bibliographic essay a helpful guide to primary and little-known materials, and King's careful readings of the official colony records ...summarize cases in a useful way.