|William Wood, New England's Prospect, 1634.|
The title page of William Wood's New England's Prospect, which includes some of the first English desciptions of the Indians and the flora and fauna of Essex County, Massachusetts. The work, published in London in 1634, includes advice and cautions to prospective settlers and some of New England's first nature poetry. Wood visited Salem in 1629, when John Endecott was still heading the small group of settlers before the arrival of John Winthrop in 1630. With Winthrop came more than a thousand followers and the royal charter that marked the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the founding of Boston.