Colonial Virginia; Its People And Customs

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byMary Newton Stanard

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Excerpt: ... I THE VIRGINIA PEOPLE I--THE FOUNDERS OF THE COLONY HREE HUNDRED years ago, as every school child knows, European civilization was already comparatively ripe. England had her great churches, her palaces, her universities, and had enjoyed golden ages of chivalry and of letters. But America was still a wilderness--its only roads the trail of the Indian, the track of the deer, the bear or other wild creature, its only sign of human habitation clusters of bark huts and such patches of corn, beans, and tobacco as savages were able to cultivate by scratching the ground with the most primitive implements of wood and stone. What manner of men were the emigrants from that old world to this new one who made the beginnings of the change which in three centuries has become a transformation? We know that, charmed with travellers' tales of an El Dorado, or aflame with the spirit of adventure, or with zeal to add to their king's earthly dominions and win a heathen people for a heavenly one, and with an eager curiosity hard for a blase age like ours to comprehend, these men left their familiar haunts, their more or less comfortable firesides, their friends and relatives and the women they loved. Crowded into toy ships in which they endured indescribable miseries and were over and over again swept far out of their course by violent gales, they crossed three thousand miles of ocean and, in spite of dangers, disappointments, illness, famine, death, sowed here the seeds of the white man's civilization--the white man's religion. Who were they, and what was their condition in that distant land whose manners and ways they transplanted to this? The question is a difficult one, for the emigrant did not concern himself about our interest in him, or stop to make a family tree, though here and there an allusio...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Excerpt: ... I THE VIRGINIA PEOPLE I--THE FOUNDERS OF THE COLONY HREE HUNDRED years ago, as every school child knows, European civilization was already comparatively r...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217461204

ISBN - 13:9780217461207

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