New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America

TitleNew England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWarren, Wendy Anne
Number of Pages345
PublisherW.W. Norton
CityNew York
Abstract

In a work that fundamentally recasts the history of colonial America, Wendy Warren shows how the institution of slavery was inexorably linked with the first century of English colonization of New England. While most histories of slavery in early America confine themselves to the Southern colonies and the Caribbean, New England Bound forcefully widens the historical aperture to include the entirety of English North America, integrating the famed "city on a hill" of seventeenth-century Puritan New England into the cruel Atlantic system from its very beginnings. Using original research culled from dozens of archives, Warren conclusively links the growth of the northern colonies to the Atlantic slave trade, showing how seventeenth-century New England's fledgling economy derived its vitality from the profusion of ships that coursed through its ports, passing through on their way to and from the West Indian sugar colonies. What's more, leading New England families like the Winthrops and Pynchons invested heavily in the West Indies, owning both land and human property, the profits of which eventually wended their way back north. That money, New England Bound shows, was the tragic fuel for the colonial wars of removal and replacement of New England Indians that characterized the initial colonization of the region. In Warren's meticulous, compelling, and hard-won recovery of the forgotten lives of thousands of reluctant Indian and African slaves, the true variety of chattel slavery in the Americas comes to light, and New England Bound becomes the new standard for understanding colonial America. 

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