Making Haste From Babylon

Making Haste From Babylon

The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World : A New History

Book - 2010
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Backed by privateering aristocrats, London merchants, and xenophobic politicians, they were sectarian religious radicals who lived double and treble lives: entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, rebels as well as Christian idealists. Far from the storybook figures of American mythology, the Pilgrims were complex men and women, and Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth.
Within a decade of landing, and despite crisis and catastrophe, the Pilgrims built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on trade in beaver fur, corn, and cattle, and in doing so they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Using a wealth of previously untapped or neglected evidence--from archives in England, Ireland, and the United States--British author Nick Bunker gives a vivid, strikingly original account of the Mayflower project. From the rural kingdom of James I to industrial Holland and the beaver ponds of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative combining religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.
A meticulously researched, revelatory book that restores the potency of the Mayflower story by rediscovering the full international context of its time.
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


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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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