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The History and Present State of Virginia

A New Edition with an Introduction by Susan Scott Parrish

Robert Beverley

Publication Year: 2013

While in London in 1705, Robert Beverley wrote and published The History and Present State of Virginia, one of the earliest printed English-language histories about North America by an author born there. As a native-born American-- most famously claiming "I am an Indian"-- he provided English readers with the first thoroughgoing account of the province's past, natural history, Indians, and current politics and society. In this new edition, Susan Scott Parrish situates Beverley and his History in the context of the metropolitan-provincial political and cultural issues of his day and explores the many contradictions embedded in his narrative.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Acknowledgements

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pp. v-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxxviii

When Robert Beverley penned his History and Present State of Virginia and had it printed in London in 1705, he was not addressing an audience of fellow colonials. Rather, he was writing to a London audience whom he believed to be badly misinformed on the topic of Virginia. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 had legitimated a suspicion of absolutist executive...

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A Note on the Texts

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pp. xxxix-xl

The copy text for the transcription reproduced on these pages is Robert Beverley’s The History and Present State of Virginia, in Four Parts . . . (London: R. Parker, 1705) deposited in the Senate House Library, University of London; an identifying marker to this copy is the inscription of...

The History and Present State of Virginia

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pp. 1-10

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Book I: The History and Present State of Virginia

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pp. 11-86

The Learned and Valiant Sir Walter Raleigh having entertain’d some deeper and more serious Considerations upon the State of the Earth, than most other Men of his Time,...

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BOOK II: Os the Natural Product and Conveniencies of Virginia

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pp. 87-120

Virginia, as you have heard before, was a Name at first given, to all the Northern Part of the Continent of America; and when the Original Grant was made, both to the First and Second Colonies, that is, to those of Virginia, and New- England, they...

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BOOK III: Of the Indians, their Religion, Laws, and Customs, in War and Peace

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pp. 121-186

The Indians are of the middling and largest stature of the English:2 They are straight and well proportion’d, having the cleanest and most exact Limbs in the World: They are so perfect in their outward frame, that I never heard of one single Indian,...

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BOOK IV. Of the Present State of Virginia

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pp. 187-254

I Have already hinted, that the first Settlement of this Country, was under the direction of a Company of Merchants incorporated. That the first Constitution of Government appointed by them, was by...

The Table

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pp. 255-276

Errata

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pp. 277-278

Notes

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pp. 279-306

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Preface to the Edition of 1722

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pp. 307-310

My first Business in the World being among the public Records of my Country, the active Thoughts of my Youth put me upon taking Notes of the general Administration of the Government...

Changes in the Edition of 1722

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pp. 311-336

Index

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pp. 337-342


E-ISBN-13: 9781469607962
E-ISBN-10: 1469607964
Print-ISBN-13: 9781469607948
Print-ISBN-10: 1469607948

Page Count: 384
Illustrations: 16 halftones
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Revised
Series Title: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Subject Headings

  • Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Indians of North America -- Virginia.
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