3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Useful and unforgettable account of early colonial adventure,
This review is from: Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World (Hardcover)
Many people on both sides of the Atlantic will have some vague knowledge of England's first attempts to colonise North America. This book gives us a very good feel for the mood of the time, as England embarked on a ferocious and daring campaign of piracy and settlement which challenged and finally eclipsed Spain's supremacy on the ocean.
Perhaps the author should give some more information about the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland, especially the plantation of Munster which was a testing ground for many of those who later founded the colonies in America, especially the extraordinary courtier Walter Ralegh, poet, courtier and adventurous pirate.
Overall, I found this book a very good reminder of half forgotten events, and a really excellent portrayal of the people on both sides of the Atlantic whose lives were shapen by the colonial experiment.