English_Master February 26, 2016 No Comments
HOW THE COLONIZATION ERA ‘AFFECTED AUTHORS The atmosphere of which a writer adapts to affects his/ her works. The writer’s environment, and the churnings of history that feed the writer, gives him the material whereby he can construct, and create in. History, in this instance the colonization of the American continent, dictates what and how he is to write. Authors such as John Smith, William Brad­ford, and St. Jean de Crevecoeur are all examples of this. The atmosphere or society these authors were in directly affected the attitude, tone, genre, etc. of their works. This can be shown by both facts in history and their actual writings of that pe­riod. During the 17th century Pilgrims, which were a group of Separatist Puritans, disliked being in England and wanted to go to America for the right to practice their religion freely (and in 1620 they received a patent from Virginia which al­lowed them to settle in New England aboard the Mayflower). In 1606, King James I granted a charier authorizing overlap­ping grants of land in Virginia to two separate joint-Stock companies, one based in London and the other in Plymouth. Captain John Smith planned to conquer New England’s “goodly, strong, and well-proportioned (Indian) people” and establish an English colony there....
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