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Virginia, 1607–1622

Alison Games

in The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195335545
eISBN:
9780199869039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335545.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter explores the Virginia settlement, which set a new style of English overseas venture — the plantation colony — in the context of the trading world that produced it. Because of the ... More


Law in the Jamestown Settlement

William E. Nelson

in The Common Law of Colonial America: Volume I: The Chesapeake and New England 1607-1660

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195327281
eISBN:
9780199870677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327281.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Initially, the Virginia Company governed its 1607 Jamestown settlement through martial law. Beginning in the late 1610s, however, change began to occur as the basis of Virginia's economy shifted to ... More


Hobbes, Sandys, and the Virginia Company

Noel Malcolm

in Aspects of Hobbes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199247141
eISBN:
9780191597992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199247145.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Presents the discovery that Hobbes was a shareholder in both the Virginia Company and its sister organization, the Somer Islands Company (which dealt with the colonization of the Bermudas). He was ... More


The Providential State and the Legitimizing Fellowship of “Company”

Alexander B. Haskell

in For God, King, and People: Forging Commonwealth Bonds in Renaissance Virginia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469618029
eISBN:
9781469618043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618029.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter explores a new strategy for defending the Virginia project that emerged in the early seventeenth century as a male king, James I, ascended the English throne and as England's powerful ... More


The Devil, the Papist, the Player: The Virginia Company’s Anti-Theatricalism

Gavin Hollis

in The Absence of America: The London Stage, 1576-1642

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198734321
eISBN:
9780191799167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734321.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Drama

This chapter analyzes the Virginia Company’s accusations that the players were the enemy of Virginia. The Company’s insistence on the players being diabolical, papist, and idle takes on renewed ... More


Garrison Towns, Corporate Boroughs, and the Search for Order under the Virginia Company

Paul Musselwhite

in Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226585284
eISBN:
9780226585314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226585314.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter reveals the centrality of urban planning to the Virginia Company’s vision for the colony from 1607 until the Company’s dissolution. Company officials, strongly influenced by civic ... More


The Dead Indian: Virginians in The Memorable Masque, “The Triumph of Time,” Henry VIII, and The Tempest of 1613

Gavin Hollis

in The Absence of America: The London Stage, 1576-1642

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198734321
eISBN:
9780191799167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734321.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Drama

This chapter focuses on the impact of George Chapman’s The Memorable Masque for the royal wedding of 1613, in particular how its display of Christianized “Virginian priests and princes” to promote ... More


Gentlemen and Soldiers: Competing Visions of Manhood in Early Jamestown

John Gilbert Mccurdy

in New Men: Manliness in Early America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814727805
eISBN:
9780814728475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814727805.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

On May 14, 1607, 104 men and boys landed on a small peninsula in the Chesapeake and established Jamestown. The colonists sailed not for themselves but for the Virginia Company, whose shareholders ... More


Virginian Virgil: The Single-Book Translations of Sir Thomas Wroth, Sir Dudley Digges and George Sandys

Sheldon Brammall

in The English Aeneid: Translations of Virgil 1555-1646

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748699087
eISBN:
9781474412384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699087.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Between 1584 and 1632, there were three new English translations of the Aeneid published in print. This chapter demonstrates that all three of these were written by prominent members of the Virginia ... More


From Imperial History to International Law: Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Law of Nations

Christopher N. Warren

in Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198719342
eISBN:
9780191788550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719342.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter augments existing scholarship that has focused on Hobbes’ royalism by emphasizing how Hobbes’ translation of classical history steered between the Scylla of antiquarianism and the ... More


The Chesapeake

William E. Nelson

in E Pluribus Unum: How the Common Law Helped Unify and Liberate Colonial America, 1607-1776

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190880804
eISBN:
9780190882174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190880804.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines the early years of Virginia and Maryland. At its outset, Virginia was constituted as a trading company governed by military law. But when the trading company went bankrupt, ... More


The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Corporation

Henry S. Turner

in The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226363356
eISBN:
9780226363493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226363493.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Chapter Four turns to the examples of English joint-stock companies formed for colonization and international trade, using them to illustrate the limits of the period’s arguments about sovereignty ... More


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