We often consider the English Colonization of North America in the 17th century along the lines of national identity and pride. The English against the French. The English against the Spanish. Or, to a lesser extent, the English against the Dutch. These considerations are true but they are not the whole truth. The united front we often imagine within England at this time did not exist. There was much infighting and jockeying for power. Many great and powerful men fell victim to their own ambitions, and to the ambitions of others. These defeats often spanned generations within influential families. The 2nd Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, was such a man who fell victim to his own ambition. John Edward Underhill also fell victim to the Earl's ambition and so did his son. John Underhill, although born into a prominent family in England, spent a large portion of his life in the Netherlands. He was later hired by English colonizers in New England as a soldier. John Underhill had an amazing career within both the English and Dutch colonies. Why did his family flee England? Join us in this episode of History Comes Alive and find out!
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