America: First Impressions

John Smith was one of the foremost leaders of early Jamestown.  He’d had an interesting life before that, one which influenced the direction of this country and (as I seem to be constantly promising) which will be explored later in this blog.  He was a controversial but effective leader in the settlement’s first years, and when health problems and an injury prompted his return to England in 1609, he spent his time working for the colony from there, promoting it and encouraging people to move there. Continue reading


The first three years of the future United States

It’s funny to think back to America’s early history.  The United States is such a major world player now that it’s hard to imagine a time when it was nothing more than a small, fragile outpost in an undesirable location because the Spanish, who were far stronger than the British, dominated Central and South America. Continue reading