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Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America Jean Burrell Russo

Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America

Jean Burrell Russo

Published January 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781421406947
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238 pages
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Before the revolution, the Chesapeake made up one of the most prosperous and politically important regions in the mainland colonies. This book lays out the origins of, the source of earliest material success (tobacco exports) in, social developmentsMoreBefore the revolution, the Chesapeake made up one of the most prosperous and politically important regions in the mainland colonies. This book lays out the origins of, the source of earliest material success (tobacco exports) in, social developments in, and growing disparities and jealousies between the two sisters of the Chesapeake: Virginia and Maryland. No one before has attempted this kind of twin biography, and yet it helps enormously to see these two colonies and their growth in the same viewfinder. Protestant Virginia, the larger colony, claiming far reaches of North America, eventually believed itself the rightful leader in colonial politics, especially in resistance to Parliamentary violations of cherished liberties. Catholic-Protestant Maryland, a proprietary province, more diverse and ambitious in its own ways, soon developed along its own economic path and kept a watchful eye on the older sister while complaining also of Calvert-family restrictions and privileges. Differences aside, these colonies invented staple-crop agriculture and African-American slavery in the mainland colonies. They thus contributed heavily to the formation of American interests and character--