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Within a decade, despite crisis and catastrophe, they built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on beaver fur, corn, and cattle. In doing so, they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation.
Using a wealth of new evidence from landscape, archaeology, and hundreds of overlooked or neglected documents, Nick Bunker gives a vivid and strikingly original account of the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. From mercantile London and the rural England of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I to the mountains and rivers of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative that combines religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.
The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, political radicals as well as Christian idealists. Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth, from their roots in religious conflict and village strife at home to their final creation of a permanent foothold in America.
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By David on 09-20-15
Excellent, detailed and eye-opening
This is an amazing book, based on stunning amounts of research, which vividly conjures the background to the Mayflower story. The author's central point is that you need to understand Europe in the 1620s if you want to understand the origins of the USA and he proves this point superbly. My favourite passages were his detailed descriptions of the landscapes of the story's locations, and his brilliant evocation of the 1618 comet that was seen as an omen across the world.
The reader is very clear and listenable. Her only flaw is that she pronounces a lot of English place names wrongly, including Warwick, Norwich, and Southwark, which are central to the story. I was unable to stop getting angry about this, but perhaps I just need to chill out more.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By T.Stick on 02-25-17
Makes the pilgrim period real
Lots of background as to how our pilgrim period got its start. Very interesting and mostly captivating portrayal of the people, the royalty, the vessels and the currencies that ignited this settling of Cape Cod.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful