This book begins with the life of John Winthrop, Jr., and how it exemplifies the physical and intellectual links that spanned the Atlantic. Governor of Connecticut and son of the founding governor of Massachusetts, Winthrop was one of the most important men in colonial English America. Born in 1606, he was a political leader from his arrival in New England in 1631 until his death in 1676. Winthrop was also a leading undertaker of three new towns and the promoter of New England's first ironworks. He was a cosmopolitan intellectual and world traveler who journeyed through Europe and to the Middle East searching for knowledge of scientific mysteries. Winthrop was a successful suitor for a royal charter for Connecticut in the Restoration court of Charles II and a founding member of the Royal Society.
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