This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 8th Apr 2019
How were England’s risky colonial projects in 17th-century America sold to the public?
By the late 17th century, England had laid claim to over 300,000 square miles of land on mainland North America, and more than a dozen islands in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. About half a million people had left the British Isles to settle in places as far afield as Newfoundland and Nevis. Yet colonisation remained a hugely uncertain enterprise for investors and migrants alike. How did the businessmen and politicians behind these risky, dangerous, and sometimes catastrophic colonial ventures ‘sell’ America?
Using the British Library’s unique collections of 17th-century Americana, Philip Abraham from the Eccles Centre for American Studies will look at some of enticements offered to those willing to put up their money and their lives, and trace some of the alluring fantasies (and outright fabrications) that were told about early English America.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-04-08 2019-04-08 Europe/London Propaganda and the Colonisation of English America How were England’s risky colonial projects in 17th-century America sold to the public? https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/04/08/propaganda-and-the-colonisation-of-english-america-195358 The British Library,96 Euston Road, London,London,London