- Not much has changed. There was many conflict among the settlers that threatened the colony's survival, making today's politics seem a bit less toxic. Ok, almost.
- Lost has enduring relevance. Jamestown was located on the shore amidst a swamp, which made clean water really challenging to get. Not unlike the first season of Lost where Jack discovered fresh water but most folks wanted to stay on the beach. Maybe Lost is really Jamestown, complete with conflict and then cooperation and then conflict with the Others--the Indians.
I was surprised to see how well the museums addressed the origins of slavery in the U.S., just a bit over a decade after Jamestown was founded. English privateers were able to capture some Africans and then sell them to the colony, so America's original sin was earlier than I remembered.
I was also surprised to learn that another American stain was partly responsible for the success of the colony: tobacco. That the colony was not a profitable enterprise for anyone until they figured out how to grow tobacco, and that led to folks getting rich pretty quickly (1620s).
Oh, and it was pretty damn cold. I had the chance to buy some fleece jackets or a rain jacket at a nearby outlet shopping center, but did not. So, I have been pretty cold the past couple of days. I don't remember ever being this cold in late May in the middle of the East Coast.
Still, I had a great time at the workshop (with lessons learned to be reported tomorrow), and hanging out with some old friends from grad school. I guess with Jamestown and Yorktown (after the book workshop here 1.5 years ago), the next place I must visit is .... Gettysburg, right?
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