American colonies

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Viking, 2001 - History - 526 pages
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In American Colonies award-winning historian Alan Taylor challenges the traditional Anglocentric focus of colonial history by exploring the multitude of cultural influences out of which "America" ultimately emerged. From the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait fifteen thousand years ago & the European expeditions of the seventeenth & eighteenth centuries through the nineteenth-century exploration & occupation of the Hawaiian Islands, Taylor traces the complex ecological, ethnic, & economic history & colonization of the New World from coast to coast, from the Canadian north to the Pacific rim. Examining the repeatedly overlooked influence of the continent's natives upon the colonists & the resulting mutual dependence of the two, Taylor presents a unique & revelatory view of colonial North America. European colonists, African slaves, & native peoples met one another & interacted at a pace & intensity unparalleled in global history. The effects of this staggering confluence of cultural, ecological, military, diplomatic, & economic interests are still being felt in America today. This fascinating & involving history of the origins of the United States will provoke & appeal to all readers of American history.

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Review: American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States #1)

User Review  - Piers Alexander - Goodreads

A really fascinating insight into the colonies: unsparing and moral, but also balanced and well researched. Paints a rich picture of the times, and I don't think I've heard the Native American story told as well as this Read full review

Review: American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States #1)

User Review  - Michael Mingo - Goodreads

I admire how Taylor is able to weave together ~15,000 years of North American history into a cohesive and (relatively) concise account. I especially appreciated reading about under-taught aspects of ... Read full review


Natives 13000 B C A D 1492
Colonizers 14001800
New Spain 15001600

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Alan Shaw Taylor was born in 1955 in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1977. He went on to earn his PhD. from Brandeis University in 1986. He has become a professor of history at the University of California. He is best known for his contributions to microhistory which he demonstrated in his Pulitzer Prize winning history of William Cooper and the settlement of Cooperstown, New York. In this work, Alan Taylor uses court records, land records, letters and diaries to reconstruct the economic, political and socila history of New England and the settlement of New York. He is also a regular contributor of book reviews and essays to The New Republic. His books include William Cooper's Town: Power & Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for history & the Bancroft Prize in American History.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Col"umbia University, is the author of numerous works on American history, including Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War; Tom Paine" and "Revolutionary America"; and "The Story of American Freedom". He has served as president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association, and has been named Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities.

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