Journal of a Visit to the Georgia Islands of St Catharines Green Ossabaw Sapelo St Simons Jekyll and Cumberland with Comments on the Florida Islands of Amelia Talbot and St George in 1753

Author: Jonathan Bryan
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780865544901
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In August 1753, four colonists and their boat crew set out on a potentially dangerous passage of "discovery and observations" along Georgia's barrier islands from Savannah southward as far as the St. Johns River in Spanish-held Florida. Journal of a Visit to the Georgia Islands is a record of that trip, and although unsigned, internal evidence points directly to prominent Georgia entrepreneur Jonathan Bryan (1708-1788) as the author. His companions were the famous cartographer William G. De Brahm and South Carolina planters William Simmons and John Williamson. Traveling by day, hunting for food and camping on shore at night, the brave little band endured a battering by stormy seas and undoubtedly vicious attacks by nocturnal insects. However, the author was not deterred from appreciating the wilderness and its beauty. His comments on the waterways, the deplorable condition of coastal fortifications, and his assessment of the splendid timber resources and the fertile land for agriculture and for raising livestock make the document tantamount to a field report. As our only known legacy of the trip, this previously unpublished journal is unique in the annals of Georgia's colonial history.

Diversity and Accommodation

Author: Michael J. Puglisi
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9780870499692
Format: PDF, Docs
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An exciting new book that reveals both the diversity of Virginia's Appalachian culture and that of the scholars working on it. -- Daniel B. Thorp, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityFocusing on the early Virginia frontier, the essays in Diversity and Accommodation stress the importance of cultural pluralism in backcountry society and the need to replace stereotypical images with realistic conclusions based on a detailed case-study approach.The contributors to this collection argue that traditional views -- of ethnic and cultural isolation, of German clannishness and Scots-Irish individualism -- contain a kernel of truth but are far too restrictive and simplistic. While acknowledging that distinct ethnic and cultural groups did exist on the Virginia frontier and that their effect on the development and heritage of the region was significant, these scholars show that accommodation, adaptation, exchange, and coexistence among such groups played a more important part in the cultural dynamics of the area than previous studies have indicated.Drawing on the methods and findings of various disciplines -- including social history, archaeology, ethnic studies, and material culture studies -- the essays encompass key aspects and phases of the Virginia frontier experience. Among the topics covered are the earliest trade relationships between English Virginians and the Native American societies, the impact of immigrants from Ulster and the Rhineland, the African American presence and the nature of slavery in the region, and the development of community ties in southwest Virginia. The final section examines the ways in which backcountry architecture reflected both the earlysettlers' backgrounds as well as their adaptations to their new environment.With their fresh insights and innovative analysis, the essays in Diversity and Accommodation make an important contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the role of the frontier and backcountry regions in American history.

The True Image

Author: Daniel W. Patterson
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807837539
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A thousand unique gravestones cluster around old Presbyterian churches in the piedmont of the two Carolinas and in central Pennsylvania. Most are the vulnerable legacy of three generations of the Bigham family, Scotch Irish stonecutters whose workshop near Charlotte created the earliest surviving art of British settlers in the region. In The True Image, Daniel Patterson documents the craftsmanship of this group and the current appearance of the stones. In two hundred of his photographs, he records these stones for future generations and compares their iconography and inscriptions with those of other early monuments in the United States, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Combining his reading of the stones with historical records, previous scholarship, and rich oral lore, Patterson throws new light on the complex culture and experience of the Scotch Irish in America. In so doing, he explores the bright and the dark sides of how they coped with challenges such as backwoods conditions, religious upheavals, war, political conflicts, slavery, and land speculation. He shows that headstones, resting quietly in old graveyards, can reveal fresh insights into the character and history of an influential immigrant group.

What Happened

Author: John E. Findling
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846213
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This comprehensive and highly readable collection of essays highlights 50 important events that changed the course of American history.

America History and Life

Author: Eric H. Boehm
Format: PDF
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Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

Historical archaeology of the Chesapeake

Author: Paul A. Shackel
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
Format: PDF
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Ranging widely through many styles of historical archaeology, this volume represents current work on the Chesapeake's western shore dealing with early European settlements, plantations and landscapes, and eighteenth-and nineteenth-century life.