Cover

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Frontmatter

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Preface

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p. v

Contents

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p. vii

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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...

Notes

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pp. 63-66

Index

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