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Massachusetts Bay 1: King Charles and the Puritans

4/18/2018
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An overview of the political climate which led to the Great Migration, and which would ultimately lead to the English Civil War.

Duration:00:31:58

Plymouth 7: The Lyford Affair

4/11/2018
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As Plymouth started to stabilize, the Merchant Adventurers in London sent a radical Puritan minister to take spiritual control of the colony. It became the biggest fight the Pilgrims had yet faced, damaging their finances and resulting in the exile of the minister and his closest ally. The last episode of the Plymouth series.

Duration:00:22:33

Plymouth 6: Wessagusset

4/4/2018
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The Pilgrims had no sooner repaired relations with Massasoit that problems arose with the Massachusetts. Weston's men had settled at a place called Wessagusset, and had no food for the winter. They were starving, and the Massachusetts were opposed to English presence in the region. They were planning to wipe out both Wessagusset and Plymouth.

Duration:00:28:31

Plymouth 5: One year later

3/28/2018
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The year after the first Thanksgiving brought an unraveling of everything the Pilgrims had been working to build. Plenty was replaced by poverty, relations with the Poconoquet started to break down, and strangers threatened the religious mission of the colony.

Duration:00:24:56

Plymouth 4: The First Thanksgiving

3/21/2018
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In the months after meeting Massasoit, growing corn and building relations with the Indians were the two highest priorities. And, a year after their departure from England, they seemed to have done both with a great degree of success.

Duration:00:23:05

Plymouth 3: Welcome, Englishmen

3/14/2018
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The Pilgrims look for a settlement location, the first baby is born in New England, and after a long, hard winter, they meet a Native American person who tells them more about the region of Patuxet.

Duration:00:28:42

Plymouth 2: The Mayflower Compact

3/7/2018
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Getting to America was no easy task, and by the time they set sail they were already in a precarious situation. They'd gone through or been forced to sell nearly half their food, lost a lot of their money, and were being financed by investors who themselves had virtually nothing. They left, though, and 66 days later reached the shores of New England. Outside their patent, they signed the Mayflower Compact, elected a new governor, started a New England tradition and began to explore Cape Cod.

Duration:00:23:37

Plymouth 1: The Brownist Emigration

2/28/2018
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For 200 years, Plymouth was referred to as the Brownist Emigration. Brownism was both a form of severe political agitation, and escape from troubled surroundings. It was both enthusiastic, and bitter. But, when the king wanted to put a halt to separatist thought, a group of Puritan Separatists decided to go to Leiden, and from there, to North America.

Duration:00:32:21

Jamestown 10: The Virginia Company - King vs. Parliament

2/21/2018
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After the death of Cecil and Prince Henry, three factions emerged in the Virginia Company. Smythe's businessmen, Sandys's Rebel MPs and Warwick's War Party vied for control of England's New World colonies. When Sandys won, Virginia became deeply linked to the fight between King and Parliament.

Duration:00:38:25

Jamestown 9: The politics of Virginia in England

2/14/2018
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In 1606, Bartholomew Gosnold and Gabriel Archer led a big new attempt to set up an English New World Colony. Robert Cecil immediately began to interfere and sabotage the company. The Spanish watched, trying to decide whether or not to attack. Finally, a document by John Smith popularized the idea, and led the way for a massive new expedition, whose flagship was the Sea Venture.

Duration:00:29:07

Jamestown 8: Bloodletting

2/7/2018
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On March 22, 1622, Powhatan warriors killed 25% of Virginia's population and forced the survivors to flee to one of six remaining settlement sites. They starved, and war resumed. This time, though, the Powhatan were vanquished, and Virginia was made a royal colony. The final episode of the Jamestown series, ends with discussion of everyday life in 17th century Virginia.

Duration:00:26:38

Jamestown 7: The kidnapping of Pocahontas

1/31/2018
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The kidnapping of Pocahontas ended 5 years of Powhatan-English attrition and cemented the defeat of Wahunsenaca. Then, with Dale replaced as governor, Jamestown was able to thrive with the end of martial law and the creation of a new legislative assembly. In the penultimate episode of the Jamestown series, Virginia had finally begun to thrive. It was the first American boomtown.

Duration:00:29:47

Jamestown 6: A new era

1/24/2018
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Jamestown couldn't survive forever as an underfunded outpost full of people fighting over control of a wooden fort. When Lord Delaware came, he turned Jamestown into a military camp, with martial law. Thomas Dale expanded on his reforms, and soon Jamestown was struggling again - this time under the weight of tyranny and Powhatan war.

Duration:00:19:28

Jamestown 4: Gunpowder

1/10/2018
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Caught between hostile Powhatan and divided settlers, John Smith fought to keep Jamestown from falling apart. Then, seven ships came with dozens of settlers, no supplies and ambiguous instructions from London. Smith saw himself as the only person who could keep Virginia together, but he was the first casualty of the impending collapse.

Duration:00:18:08

Jamestown: The Coronation of Powhatan

1/3/2018
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Newport arrived just in time to prevent Smith from being hanged, but the two clashed strongly over how to run the colony. Over the course of a year, irreparable damage was done to Jamestown, and though Smith was elected president, and the London Company followed his recommendations, it was too late to prevent disaster.

Duration:00:28:25

Jamestown: John Smith and Pocahontas

12/27/2017
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When Newport left, Jamestown fell into chaos. One man was executed, and another's connections to the Gunpowder Plot revealed. John Smith took control, first getting food, then exploring, then meeting Pocahontas as a prisoner of the Powhatan.

Duration:00:33:57

04 Jamestown 1

12/20/2017
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When the first settlers arrived in Virginia, it seemed like paradise. They met the local peoples, explored the lush forests, and selected a settlement location. Unfortunately, they'd spent too long at sea and used their provisions, and some of the settlers clearly weren't who they said they were.

Duration:00:28:03

03 The Lost Colony of Roanoke

12/20/2017
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Roanoke was a key moment in England's colonization of the New World, the first real attempt at establishing a settlement. It's a perfect insight into what made settlements fail - bad communication, bad timing, expense. Of course, it's also known for its mystery, so I've selected what I think are the top three pieces of evidence of what happened to the colonists.

Duration:00:33:21

02 Prologue Why people came to America

12/20/2017
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Henry VIII had created extraordinary social upheaval, and it was up to his successors to manage the situation as peacefully as possible. Elizabeth I and James I/VII both managed to do that. Still, some people didn't fit into England's new "normal," either being pushed out economically, or holding values that clashed with their solutions.

Duration:00:35:20

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