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By Adrian Tinniswood. Basic Books. 384 pages. $28.99
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The 17th century was a time of transition for England. A new dynasty — the Stuarts — ascended to the throne in 1603, and four years later the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, was established.
A group of religious dissidents landed in what is now Massachusetts in 1620. As Plymouth Plantation evolved in the colony of Massachusetts, the center of the colony moved to Boston and its more attractive neighbor, Charlestown.
Adrian Tinniswood’s new story of William Rainborowe and his descendants gives us insight into the development of Massachusetts society in the midst of religious and political turmoil back home and provides a look at the political and economic foundations of the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Rainborowe was a wealthy sea captain who traded in the Levant (eastern Mediterranean) . He was often consulted by the government on matters of naval warfare and regulation of sea trade. He was eventually elected to a seat in the House of Commons .
His sons and other family members followed Rainborowe to sea and into politics. When the English Civil War developed, there were Massachusetts Rainborowes back in England to stand with their Puritan brethren against the king.
Tinniswood follows the Colonists as they travel back and forth across the Atlantic. In doing so, he uncovers the beginnings of the triangular trade that brought prosperity to the New England colonies and shows the beginnings of shipbuilding on the American continent.
Tinniswood’s exceptional prose provides a vivid picture of village life in 17th-century Massachusetts .
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