DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Sunday -

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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