Today we begin our discussion of the Southern colonies, starting off with Virginia. We will touch on the Virginia Company, Jamestown and how Virginia was actually first in many regards, contrary to the conventional wisdom which tends to place New England at the forefront of the colonies.
We discuss the drive for colonies, the British experience in Ireland as a blueprint for their North american colonies. We also discuss the importance of mercantilism and the desire to centralize power.
Today we discuss New France and wrap up our discussion of New Spain.