The Sea Mark: Captain John Smith’s Voyage to New England
Russell M. LawsonE-book: $24.99
An excellent example of maritime history, illuminating not only remarkable voyages but also the varying contexts in which they took place. Anyone interested in the early modern Atlantic or English colonization should read it. . . . Highly recommended.
Champlain, Gosnold, Cabot, Verrazanno, Hakluyt, Frobisher. Smith believed he belonged in this pantheon, and surely he does. The Sea Mark reminds us of the intrepidity of these men-this man-who if not fearlessly, then boldly crossed the sea to explore distant shores and imagine what the New World could be.
Lawson’s book shows that we should pay greater attention to the long struggle and high cost of getting colonization underway in New England.
—Historical New Hampshire
The Sea Mark achieves considerable success contextualizing Smith’s voyage effectively within the broader sweep of England’s colonizing projects in the early seventeenth century. . . . Lawson’s concise and insightful monument to John Smith’s New England remains a signal contribution to the literature of early American exploration.
An extraordinary adventurer, writer, and visionary, Captain John Smith deserves an account of his exploits as vivid as this one. Russell Lawson has left his mark with The Sea Mark, and readers of maritime history are the better for it.
—W. Jeffrey Bolste
RUSSELL M. LAWSON is professor of history at Bacone College in Oklahoma. He is the author of thirteen previous books, including Passaconaway’s Realm.