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Prospero's America – John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Prospero's America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676

Walter W. Woodward

Abstract

This book examines the transfer of alchemical culture to America by John Winthrop, Jr., one of English colonization's early giants. Winthrop participated in a pan-European network of natural philosophers who believed alchemy could improve the human condition and hasten Christ's Second Coming. The book demonstrates the influence of Winthrop and his philosophy on New England's cultural formation: its settlement, economy, religious toleration, Indian relations, medical practice, witchcraft prosecution, and imperial diplomacy. It reconceptualizes the significance of early modern science in shaping ... More

Keywords: John Winthrop, colonization, natural philosophers, alchemy, Christ's Second Coming, New England, religious toleration, witchcraft, imperial diplomacy, Puritanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833018
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895931_woodward

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter W. Woodward, author