The year was 1606. King James of England (and Scotland) boldly authorized a group of entrepreneurial types to cross the Atlantic in a leaky wooden boat in search of gold, timber, and a route across the New World to the Pacific, by water.
The party consisted of 104 brave souls, all bent on bettering their positions in life. They came west to become wealthy, or wealthier, before returning home to England, civility, and the latest fashions.
For some, the experiment worked out. For many it did not.
Yet, whatever the outcome, the original British Invasion had begun and there was no stopping the trend. It’s still going on today. The New World is the place to be, baby. [Read more…]