Colonial Settlement


Nearly 170 years passed between the founding of the first colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 and the Declaration of Independence. Many of those who settled in the colonies during this period sought to escape persecution and to live a life according to their religious beliefs. A consideration of the writings of John Winthrop, William Penn, and William Byrd helps to illuminate early American colonial history.


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Matthew Gaetano is assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Hillsdale College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.