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The history and present state of Virginia /
by Robert Beverley ; with an introduction by Susan Scott Parrish ; editorial assistance by Daphna Atias and Helen C. Rountree ; transcription by M. Kathryn Burdette.
edition
A New Edition.
imprint
Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
description
xxxix, 342 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN
1469607948 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781469607948 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
1469607948 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781469607948 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
A note on the texts -- The history -- Book I : The history of the first settlement of Virginia, and the government thereof, to the present time -- Book II : The natural productions and conveniencies of the country, suited to trade and improvement -- Book III : The native Indians, their religion, laws, and customs, in war and peace -- Book IV : The present state of the country, as to the polity of the government, and the improvements of the land.
catalogue key
8941320
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-305) and index.
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While in London in 1705, Robert Beverley wrote and published The History and Present State of Virginia, one of the earliest printed English-language histories about North America by an author born there. As a native-born American-- most famously claiming "I am an Indian"-- he provided English readers with the first thoroughgoing account of the province's past, natural history, Indians, and current politics and society. In this new edition, Susan Scott Parrish situates Beverley and his History in the context of the metropolitan-provincial political and cultural issues of his day and explores the many contradictions embedded in his narrative.
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"This new edition of Beverley's History is more than welcome. It has all of Beverley's own readability; you can almost hear him talk aloud. But now there are more generous notes and references to help open up his world (both English and non-English) not only to historians but to anthropologists and all sorts of other curious readers."--Helen C. Rountree, Emerita, Old Dominion University
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While in London in 1705, Robert Beverley wrote and published The History and Present State of Virginia , one of the earliest printed English-language histories about North America by an author born there. Like his brother-in-law William Byrd II, Beverley was a scion of Virginia's planter elite, personally ambitious and at odds with royal governors in the colony. As a native-born American--most famously claiming "I am an Indian"--he provided English readers with the first thoroughgoing account of the province's past, natural history, Indians, and current politics and society. In this new edition, Susan Scott Parrish situates Beverley and his History in the context of the metropolitan-provincial political and cultural issues of his day and explores the many contradictions embedded in his narrative. Parrish's introduction and the accompanying annotation, along with a fresh transcription of the 1705 publication and a more comprehensive comparison of emendations in the 1722 edition, will open Beverley's History to new, twenty-first-century readings by students of transatlantic history, colonialism, natural science, literature, and ethnohistory.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. v
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
A Note on the Textsp. xxxix
The History
The History of the First Settlement of Virginia, and the Government Thereof, to the Present Timep. 11
The Natural Productions and Conveniencies of the Country, Suited to Trade and Improvementp. 87
The Native Indians, Their Religion, Laws, and Customs, in War and Peacep. 121
The Present State of the Country, as to the Polity of the Government, and the Improvements of the Landp. 187
The Tablep. 255
Erratap. 277
Notesp. 279
Preface to the Edition of 1722p. 307
Changes in the Edition of 1722p. 311
Indexp. 337
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