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March 23, 2007

CW publishes "1607 Jamestown and The New World"

A new book from Colonial Williamsburg tells the stories of Indians who lived in Jamestown before the English arrived, the settlers who crossed an ocean to get here and what happened when the old and the new worlds met.

“1607: Jamestown and the New World” is a compilation of essays from “Colonial Williamsburg,” the journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, written by historians and journalists and lavishly illustrated with period illustrations and dramatically reconstructed scenes.

Highlights of the book include:

  • Indian life before and after 1607;
  • the business behind Jamestown;
  • Pocahontas’ rescue of John Smith;
  • the “starving time” and reports of cannibalism;
  • the origins of representative government; and
  • archaeologists’ rediscovery of the original fort.

    “In these stories of courage, greed and perseverance that began in 1607, there was no lack of colorful personalities, both English and Native American,” writes historian Paul C. Nagel, former director of the Virginia Historical Society, in the book’s foreword. “If nothing else, these essays depict a panorama of saints and scoundrels. It’s a scene that should appeal to all readers, whether they seek the significance of Jamestown in history or simply some captivating tales of how human endeavor, in the face of overpowering difficulty, founded the first permanent English settlement in America. ”

    “1607: Jamestown and the New World” was compiled by Dennis Montgomery, editor of “Colonial Williamsburg,” who also wrote the preface for the book. Published in association with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., the 280-page book includes more than 150 photographs, maps and illustrations.

    A softbound edition of “1607: Jamestown and the New World” is available for $19.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, in the Regional Welcome Center located at 101B Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, Va., on the Web at A limited hardbound edition is available for $34.95.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century
    revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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