Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040118

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Goetz, Robert
URN etd-09082012-040118
Title The failure of early Bermuda, 1612-1630
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thorp, Daniel B. Committee Chair
Wallenstein, Peter R. Committee Member
Williamson, Gustavus G. Committee Member
  • Bermuda Islands
Date of Defense 1989-04-05
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Bermuda, settled in l6l2, was the second successful English colony founded in the New World. The islands appeared to provide investors in England with an excellent opportunity to make a profit, but the colony failed to generate the anticipatcd profits because the investors failed to allow sufficient incentive for the colonists to produce high quality cash crops. Little research has been conducted on the early history of Bermuda, and the little that has been done has focused on political events within the colony and colonizing company. This work uses letters, petitions, contemporary accounts, and other colonial and company documents to examinc the interaction between the colonists in Bermuda and the investors in England and to determine the impact of this interaction on the failure of the colony.

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