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The Jamestown Brides

In 1621, fifty-six English women from good families crossed the Atlantic in response to the Virginia Company of London's call for maids "young and uncorrupt" to make wives for the planters of its new colony in Virginia. Delving into company and court records, ballads, pamphlets, sermons, letters, and original sources on both sides of the Atlantic, Jennifer Potter turns detective as she tracks the women from their communities in England to their new homes in Virginia, illuminating women's lives in early modern England and in the New World.

The Jamestown Brides