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 and the European expeditions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the nineteenth-century exploration and occupation of the Hawaiian Islands, Taylor traces the complex ecological, ethnic, and economic history and 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 and the resulting mutual dependence of the two, Taylor presents a unique and revelatory view of colonial North America. European colonists, African slaves, and native people met one another and interacted at a pace and intensity unparalleled in global history. The effects of this staggering confluence of cultural, ecological, military, diplomatic, and economic interests are still being felt in America today. This fascinating and involving history of the origins of the United States will provoke and 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 - Camden Goetz - Goodreads
Racist and dismissive a lot of the time, and surprisingly euro-centric given its topic. If you're looking for raw info (which you might have to drastically reframe and do counter-research for), there is a lot here though. Read full review
Review: American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States #1)User Review - Stephen - Goodreads
Although at times oddly repetitive and too weary of displaying bias, Taylor's work is a poignant attempt to reconfigure the 16th-18th century North American narrative. Read full review
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