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Colonial Search For A Southern Eden

Written by Louis B. Wright

Publication Year: 2005

European imperialists began to dream of other kinds of wealth besides gold in the New World

Louis Booker Wright was a graduate of Wofford College, and was at various times a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and a Benjamin Franklin Medalist, and he held honorary degrees from, among others, Princeton, Tulane, and California State University-Fulerton. He was the author of a number of books, including The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization 1607-1763, Gold, Glory, and the Gospel: the Adventurous Lives of the Renaissance Explorers, Culture on the Moving Frontier, and The Dream of Prosperity in Colonial America. At the time of the preparation of this work he was Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press


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1. The Elizabethan Dream of Wealth

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pp. 1-19

DURING THE PAST DECADE patriots of sundry sorts have exhorted Americans to study our history. A few years ago the New York Times made an investigation of the average American's knowledge of history and discovered that he had a mind discouragingly innocent of any taint of historical knowledge....

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2. Imperial Prosperity from Southern Plantations

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pp. 21-39

IF THE DELUSION of quick riches from the discovery of gold died hard as Englishmen contemplated the resources of America, another dream almost as intoxicating took its place. Indescribable good things might be found in the vegetable and animal kingdoms, and prosperity and plenty would flow from the fields and streams of the New World....

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3. Eden and Utopia South of Virginia

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pp. 41-62

THE NOTION THAT the earthly paradise, similar to if not the veritable site of the Scriptural Eden, might be found in some southern region of the New World was widely held in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Explorers from Virginia expected to find the Great South Sea...


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pp. 63-66


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E-ISBN-13: 9780817382360
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817351809

Publication Year: 2005

OCLC Number: 427509611
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