The Jamestown Project

“The Jamestown Project” Hist 231 Book Assignment By: Billy Shuping The article “The Jamestown Project,” Kupperman enclose the four hundredth year anniversary of Jamestown. To revisit the view of England to the New World, one hundred years behind they’re enemy’s the Spain. This paper will analyze Kupperman’s article with arguments, viewpoints, and examples to express the reason on how Jamestown survived through trial and error to stay a colony today. In May 1607 a party of just over a hundred men and boys landed on the James River in Virginia and constructed a colony in the name of the English king called Jamestown.

It was the first named colony in The New world for the English. In the first half of the book it explores the main argument of colonization of Jamestown within the broader view of English exploration. It begins in the Elizabethan Era, exploring the mixture of religion, economic growth, and political standpoints that led to English people to imagine the opportunity to split monopolies of Spain and other uprising countries. For example, “In the 1550’s English merchants organized companies to initiate trade with Morocco and with Guinea on the west coast of Africa, hoping to penetrate the Portuguese monopoly there.

Another company was founded to pioneer a route to Muscovy as a means of gaining access to the East and its commodities” pg. (23). It also led to efforts in the Northern American territories such as the ill-fate “Roanoke Colony”. Little by little, English developed a stockpile of overseas experience that helped them understand the world better and what was needed to sustain long-term efforts in colonization. The first part of the book sums up in the sixth chapter of the book, entitled “A Welter of colonial Projects. Here Kupperman clearly states that the Jamestown project wasn’t the only one that was proposed at the seventeenth century. The Virginia Company was just starting and also laying down new plans, just as other efforts were being created in such areas like Newfoundland, Ireland, West Indies and others. But Jamestown was ultimately successful and is extremely important in exploring the new world. Finally in the last couple chapters Kupperman elaborates on the beginnings of the colony Jamestown. The advance Sir John Smith made with the Indians and his travels to improve later colonies such as the following colony name Plymouth.