The Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Plymouth Plantation are generally thought of as communities of refuge for English religious dissidents. They were also entrepreneurial ventures financed by English investors. This course examines the history of these ventures and some of the entrepreneurial characters engaged in these enterprises.
One can look at the ventures as three stages that are typical of entrepreneurial companies. The “startup” phase from 1620 to 1640. The “going concern” phase from 1640 to 1690. Finally, the “corporate takeover” phase that was solidified from 1690 into the early 18th century. Among the major historical events that happened during these years which impacted the colonial ventures were the following: the Great Migration from England; the English Civil War; King Philip’s War; the Salem Witch Trials, and King William’s War.
During each class, I will deliver a lecture that provides an overview of what was happening during these phases. I will also invite class members to actively participate.