Here are the prepared questions I used in yesterday's Q&A with Dr. Taylor:
- There is a monument to Samuel de Champlain in Ticonderoga, New York. On it, Champlain is named by many titles: soldier, mariner, explorer, mapmaker, artist, writer, naturalist, humanist (friend of Algonquin), visionary, and leader.
- By this account, Champlain sounds pretty incredible. Is this an example of whitewashed and therefore romanticized history? Talk to us about the real Samuel de Champlain. What about this is true and what is possibly embellished?
- Was alcohol as detrimental to the indigenous peoples as is often stereotypically characterized? Did it affect some groups more than others?
- Were they using the King James Version of the Bible in Jamestown while the Puritans were still using the Geneva Bible? How might the religious differences alone affect contrasting lifestyles in Jamestowne and Plimouth? Whereas people in England were predominantly Anglican/Protestant, was there conflict caused by the differences in people’s religion now that they were an ocean removed?
- Once again, we have to constantly acknowledge that history is ugly. Would you point to a particular event as the ugliest portion of colonial history in the Americas?
- Are there questions you would like to have been asked that apply to this session?