‘In the beginning: North America's women to 1750’ starts with the indigenous peoples who were living in America before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the white settlements in Jamestown in 1607, and the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth in 1620. It describes the story of Pocohontas from the Powhatan people and the vital and significant roles that women played in Native cultures. The lives of white colonial women are also described. The contact between Indian and European cultures involved war, upheaval, and disease, as well as interaction, negotiation, and adaptation, and gender was central to the story. The “consumer revolution” of c.1700 and the thriving Atlantic trade changed women's lives considerably.