Harsh slave codes, which were intended to keep the slave populations at bay, often produced the opposite effect. This week we look at what happened when slaves decided that the time was right to rise up against the owners.
Beginning in the 1660s, slave codes would come to codify life for African slaves. This week we discuss what those codes were and how they came to be. We will also look at the role of racism in the prevention of slave uprisings.
The colonies were pushed into Queen Anne's War following questions of succession in the Spanish empire. This war saw the English stuck in a conflict against the Spanish, the French, and hostile Indian tribes.
Piracy had become common in the colonies by the end of the 17th century. One part economic boon, and another part danger, the practice would play a major role in colonial politics of the era.
As promised during the episode, the link to the
This week we take a census of where the colonies all stand at the end of the 17th century. This week we are going to look at population growth, economic development, and the expansion of slavery around the turn of the century.
William Penn finally returns to Pennsylvania. Despite the decades-long absence, he quickly finds himself having to turn around and rush back to England. Before he can do that, however, he must first settle the question of the government. The re
Our look at the Dominion of New England expands beyond Massachusetts as we take a tour of the other colonies that made up the Dominion. Then we head back to England where James II begins to see his grip on power slip.
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