Book Review – ‘Invading America: The English Assault on the New World 1497–1630’ by David Childs
Once upon a time, historians who wrote about the arrival of the English in North America depicted a dramatic and positive moment for the Anglophone world. They described hardy souls clambering on to transAtlantic vessels, individuals who struggled against long odds but managed to persevere. Their diligence paid enormous dividends: these folks established colonies that extended the realm, provided an outlet for Britons seeking work, and generated profits through the management of longdistance trade in desirable commodities such as tobacco and sugar. These folk also laid the groundwork for two fundamental aspects of American culture: freedom of religion and selfgovernance. The early colonists, in such works, were heroes….