Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management, 1607–1763 By Lorena S. Walsh

Time Period
16,000 BCE to 1622 CE
1623 to 1763
Media Type
Business & Industry
Domestic Life
Geography & Environment
Lorena S. Walsh

On April 21, 2011, Lorena S. Walsh delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607–1763.”

In a new account of early English America, Walsh offered an enlightening history of plantation management in the Chesapeake colonies of Virginia and Maryland. Her scope ranges from the founding of Jamestown to the close of the Seven Years’ War and the end of the “Golden Age” of colonial Chesapeake agriculture. Walsh’s narrative incorporates stories about the planters themselves, including family dynamics and relationships with enslaved workers.

An accomplished author of books on early America, Lorena S. Walsh was for twenty-seven years a historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

This lecture was cosponsored with The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Virginia.