British Virginia has just published Dylan Ruediger’s two editions of the Virginia Company’s official response to the Powhatan assault on English settlers in 1622: Edward Waterhouse’s Declaration of the State of the Colony and Affaires in Virginia. As Ruediger explains in his fine introductory essay, the Declaration advanced “a new and extremely aggressive ideological justification for colonialism that would shape the Chesapeake for generations to come.” Scholars and students of colonial history have long studied parts of this book in modern editions. Now they can freely access the entire, composite text in a valuable unique copy held at the Virginia Historical Society (F229 .W32 1622). So can you, right now even.
British Virginia is a series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These original sources range from the 17th-century literature of English colonization to 19th-century slave narratives and beyond. British Virginia editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. The editorial offices sit appropriately at the research university nearest both the falls of the James River, and the site of the first English college planned for this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Henricus Colledge.
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