DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IWISH I hadn’t started watching this series. At least SBS only sent me the first two episodes and not the whole five hours. Boy, that would’ve hurt. It’s like it’s made by the same PR firm the Bush administration was using at the start of the Iraq war in 2003.
Still, maybe you like your history this way, cleaned up before it gets to you. Not sure how this ended up in such a prominent timeslot on SBS, but there we are.
Part one starts tonight at the beginning of the 17th century with John Rolfe crossing the Atlantic and arriving at Jamestown. He’s the dude who made it big in tobacco and went on to marry Pocahontas, who was then used to flog real estate to the British.
Rolfe came over on the Deliverance, and if it was anything like that movie Deliv- erance it must’ve been a rough trip. The famous ship and basically the only one any of us has heard of didn’t turn up until 10 years later. The Mayflower. It landed in the wrong place and just as winter was starting and left everyone there and sailed back to England.
Most of them perished like dogs, but more than 10 per cent of all Americans today can trace their ancestry back to the
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