Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century

Profits in the Wilderness Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century In examining the founding of New England towns during the seventeenth century John Frederick Martin investigates an old subject with fresh insight Whereas most historians emphasize communalism and ab

  • Title: Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century
  • Author: John Frederick Martin
  • ISBN: 9780807843468
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century

    In examining the founding of New England towns during the seventeenth century, John Frederick Martin investigates an old subject with fresh insight Whereas most historians emphasize communalism and absence of commerce in the seventeenth century, Martin demonstrates that colonists sought profits in town founding, that town founders used business corporations to organize thIn examining the founding of New England towns during the seventeenth century, John Frederick Martin investigates an old subject with fresh insight Whereas most historians emphasize communalism and absence of commerce in the seventeenth century, Martin demonstrates that colonists sought profits in town founding, that town founders used business corporations to organize themselves into landholding bodies, and that multiple and absentee landholding was common.In reviewing some sixty towns and the activities of one hundred town founders, Martin finds that many town residents were excluded from owning common lands and from voting It was not until the end of the seventeenth century, when proprietors separated from towns, that town institutions emerged as fully public entities for the first time.Martin s study will challenge historians to rethink not only social history but also the cultural history of early New England Instead of taking sides in the long standing debate between Puritan scholars and business historians, Martin identifies strains within Puritanism and the rest of the colonists culture that both discouraged and encouraged land commerce, both supported and undermined communalism, both hindered and hastened development of the wilderness Rather than portray colonists one dimensionally, Martin analyzes how several different and competing ethics coexisted within a single, complex, and vibrant New England culture.

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    One thought on “Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century

    1. Andee Nero

      I feel really conflicted about this book. On the one hand, its significance is clearly important. Seventeenth century New England towns were not as communal as historians depict them. They were governed by exclusive groups of shareholders. However, understanding the nitty gritty of this book is really tricky. Martin likes to show before he tells, so you might not get what his point is right away. Also, it would be helpful if he clearly defined the terms he uses. If the terms used in his primary [...]

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