1607: A New Look at Jamestown is the last word on America's first colony. With expert appraisal of new archaeological evidence, this National Geographic title stands alone for timely authority and visual appeal.
Karen Lange's gripping narrative incorporates analysis of the latest discoveries from the Jamestown site. The text has been researched with the help of National Geographic grantee Dr. William Kelso. The pages come alive with Ira Block's stunning photography, detailing newly discovered artifacts, and highlighting authentic Jamestown reenactments. Compelling new theories, a National Geographic period map, and stunning reenactment photography take us back to Jamestown in 1607, where the course of our country's history changed forever.
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|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Karen E. Lange is a journalist and writer with National Geographic Magazine. This is her first children's book. She lives in Tacoma Park, MD.
Ira Block has photographed on assignment for the National Geographic magazine, Traveler magazine, and National Geographic Adventure. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although, the Jamestown colony was the first permanent English settlement in North America, it has been overshadowed by Plymouth. Founded by English gentlemen, the colony barely survived. In the past, many described the colonists as lazy. This National Geographic book analyzes more recent evidence from archeological digs that presents a different story. Tree circles indicate that their first years were not just difficult for the colonists, they were the driest in almost eight centuries. Despite the odds, these colonists persevered through drought, hunger, and difficult relations with the Powhatan living in the region. This book has many interesting photographs from archeological finds and modern day reenactments at the site of the colony. It also does a good job of presenting not just the colonists' difficulties, but also trials faced by the Powhatan and why they treated the colonists as they did. However, in presenting both sides, I would have preferred a more linear presentation of the facts. Instead, it seemed like it would talk of an event and then a few chapters later speak of the event again. I would be unsure if it was the same event or a similar one. I was thankful for the chronology at the back of the book to help bring everything together again.In 1619 the Virginia Company sent over 147 women as wives for the unwed male colonists in the hopes of keeping them happy and thus willing to remain in Virginia. I would have students work for the Virginia Company Advertising Agency. They would be responsible for designing two posters. One would advertise the ¿Maids for Virginia¿ program and the other for additional men to join the colony. It would also be fun to research the rules and then play quoit, a colonial-era game of horseshoes photographed in the book.