What is a Historic Source

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Episode Summary

In this episode, we investigate historic sources and the history of Jamestown with James Horn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.

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During our exploration, Jim reveals why the Virginia Company established Jamestown and the interactions its early settlers had with Native Americans; The world Pocahontas lived in; And, what historical sources are and how historians determine the credibility, or authenticity, of the information they contain.

Map of Virginia ca 1606
Map of Virginia, ca. 1606

What You’ll Discover

  • Spanish control of the Atlantic World during the sixteenth century
  • Why England wanted a colony in North America
  • Why the English settled in the Chesapeake region
  • The first English settlers
  • James Fort and its appearance
  • Native American peoples who lived around Jamestown
  • Native American-English interactions
  • Whether the settlement almost failed
  • Historic sources and what they tell us about Jamestown and the past
  • How historians determine the credibility of historical sources
  • How the work of archaeologists informs the work of historians
  • How the work of historians informs the work of archaeologists
  • Pocahontas
  • What archaeological sources tell us about the world Pocahontas lived in
  • How archaeological sources compliment and challenge written historical sources
  • Oral traditions as historical sources
  • Historic Jamestown Archaearium
  • Religion in Jamestown

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