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By L. Roper

ISBN-10: 1403964793

ISBN-13: 9781403964793

ISBN-10: 1403973474

ISBN-13: 9781403973474

Written from a transatlantic viewpoint and established mostly on fundamental assets, Conceiving Carolina presents the 1st systematic therapy of the colonization of South Carolina in over a century. It argues that the political tradition that built within the colony amounted to an extension of the political lifestyles in early glossy England. Provincial politics, in flip, formed social advancements, particularly the emergence of a slave society. therefore, the ebook calls into query the suggestion of the inherent contrast and modernity of colonial British the USA.

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22 Conceiving Carolina The lord commanded the deference of his tenants who provided the labor for the estate. This deference however, was not supposed to be unconditional: the lord had to condescend to undertake certain responsibilities, not the least of which was protection of his “people,” as the quid pro quo. The manorial court provided a key mechanism to ensure that everybody did what they were supposed to do in early modern England and consequently manifested the social character of reality at this time.

To govern the colony for the king, contribute to the wealth and power of the realm and, possibly, collect some personal return seems to have generally constituted the extent of their ambitions. Nevertheless, colony-building required colonists as well as proprietary care, and South Carolina, as the bulk of the documentation for this period again illustrates, did receive attention from its Lords. Most obviously, the proprietors needed to recruit migrants, particularly those who belonged to the weightier sort or who sought to become gentlemen by acquiring American estates.

Prosperous merchants who lacked sizeable landholdings and were, consequently, the objects of aristocratic disdain, often moved to translate their liquid wealth into landed estates. 71 This widespread search for greener pastures transformed small towns into raucous centers of international commerce. The “saga of Western man’s restless expansion across the globe,” as one historian has termed the movement of early modern European peoples, was generated by overpopulation and a corresponding shortage of resources, as well as the general inability and, perhaps, unwillingness of communities—from the parish to the state—to handle these twinned phenomena.

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