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First Contacts and the Atlantic World

The Ferrar Papers, 1590-1790, from Magdalene College, Cambridge

This is an essential source for the study of the Atlantic World and Early Colonial Period. It documents:

  • the founding and economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624.
  • the continuing interest of the Ferrar family in the settlement of North America from Jamestown to the Bermudas.
  • trade between Britain and America.
  • the ethnic and gender composition of early Virginia.
  • tensions amongst the colonists and of early relations with Native Americans.

It is also a crucial source for London's economic history in the Early Modern era and will be of interest to social and religious historians.