Book ID: CBB001421809

Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America (2012)


Russo, Jean Burrell (Author)
Russo, J. Elliott (Author)

Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: x + 238 pp.; ill.; notes; index
Language: English

Planting an Empire explores the social and economic history of the Chesapeake region, revealing a story of two similar but distinct colonies in early America. Linked by the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and Maryland formed a prosperous and politically important region in British North America before the American Revolution. Yet these "sister" colonies---alike in climate and soil, emphasis on tobacco farming, and use of enslaved labor---eventually followed divergent social and economic paths. Jean B. Russo and J. Elliott Russo review the shared history of these two colonies, examining not only their unsteady origins, the powerful role of tobacco, and the slow development of a settler society but also the economic disparities and political jealousies that divided them. Recounting the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay region over a 150-year period, the authors discuss in clear and accessible prose the key developments common to both colonies as well as important regional events, including Maryland's "plundering time," Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, and the opening battles of the French and Indian War. They explain how the internal differences and regional discord of the seventeenth century gave way in the eighteenth century to a more coherent regional culture fostered by a shared commitment to slavery and increasing socio-economic maturity.

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Authors & Contributors
Milne, Anne
Bromyard & District Local History Society
Pini, Barbara
Dale-Hallett, Liza
Panelli, Ruth
Hahn, Barbara
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Australian Journal of Politics and History
Agricultural History
Research in the History of Technology
History of Science
Journal of Global History
College of William and Mary
Bromyard & District Local History Society
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Chicago Press
Duke University Press
Slavery and slaves
Economic botany; plant cultivation; horticulture
Wright, William
Banks, Joseph
Herrman, Augustine
Petiver, James
Great Britain
United States
Virginia (U.S.)
Maryland (U.S.)
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
Early modern
20th century, early

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