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Thomas Morton

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This chapter addresses Thomas Morton's disregarded side of the story, his numerous voyages across the Atlantic and the identities that he fashioned. It follows the voyages of Thomas Morton across the Atlantic between Old and New England in the early seventeenth century. The chapter centers on examining some of the identities that Morton upheld in different situations and at different points in his life; it includes Morton as a lawyer, husband, colonizer, entrepreneurial trader, royalist, purveyor of Old English culture, poet and author. It considers various aspects of Morton's life, in order to examine how one particular sojourner navigated the changing currents and tides of seventeenth-century life in Old and New England. Morton was born in approximately 1576 in Devon, a place famed for its adherence to Old English folk customs and its cavalier, sea-faring sons, including Sir Francis Drake, Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Keywords: early seventeenth century; New England; Old English culture; Thomas Morton; voyages



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