Jamestown . . . the new hit TV series in the UK
It is available for streaming online in the United States via the Sky TV Network website (Sky.Go)
Right now Sky.Go only works on Internet Explorer . . . FireFox will soon be updated for Sky.Go
There is a new hit TV series on the Jamestown Colony, being broadcast by Sky1 in the UK. As far as we know, this is the first time in the history of television that there has been a series on the Virginia Colony . . . and it is first class drama . . . vastly superior to the trashy drivel that typifies much of what is available from networks in the United States. The first programs were so well received by test audiences in the UK that Sky1 order a second year of the series even before the first program premiered!
The plot of this series is focused on the “regular folks” in the Virginia Colony, beginning 12 years after the colony’s founding. In 1619, the cost of passage for three women was paid by prominent men in the colony so that they would be bonded to become the gentlemen’s wives. Essentially they were bond servants. They arrived just in time for the outbreak of the bloody Powhatan War . . . which almost destroyed the colony. At the same time, a Dutch ship brought a load of Africans to Jamestown. At the time, the Africans were only bound to work long enough to pay for the “cost” of involuntarily passage from Africa. Thus, in 1619, Europeans and Africans were bond servants, but Native Americans at Jamestown, were war captives and therefore under ancient English Common Law, slaves.
My sister now lives in Surrey County, UK a relatively short distance from the General James Edward Oglethorpe Museum in Godalming. As you might expect, she is a history buff also. She tipped me off about the Jamestown TV Series this morning. She just got her UK driver’s license, so we are hoping that she will be able to either find the original bison velum with the Creek writing system on it, or else find a copy made by an artist. At that point, I will hopefully be able to “reverse engineer” the writing system then present it to the world.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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