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

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Penguin, Jul 30, 2002 - History - 544 pages
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A multicultural, multinational history of colonial America from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Internal Enemy and American Revolutions

In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from milennia past, through the decades of Western colonization and conquest, and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.

Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

"Formidable . . . provokes us to contemplate the ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." -The New York Times Book Review


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In this first book in the "Penguin History of the United States" series, Taylor (history, Univ. of California, Davis; William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early ... Read full review

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For the most part this was a well written and thoroughly researched book. However, I believed the book could have investigated more into slavery in the New England colonies. I found only one paragraph into slavery practiced in the New England colonies. I addition Taylor, either purposely left out that New England ships were used in the Atlantic slave trade, especially Rhode Islands ships, to transport slaves to the West Indies, or possibly Taylor is is denial of the New England slave trade. This topic was apparently avoided by the aurthor Alan Taylor. The Indian migration to America was well done. The book almost seemed to cover too much on this topic and the Indian migration could have been its own seperate book. 

Contents

Natives 13000 BCAD 1492
3
Colonizers 14001800
23
New Spain 15001600
50
The Spanish Frontier 15301700
67
Canada and Iroquoia 15001660
91
COLONIES
115
Virginia 15701650
117
Chesapeake Colonies 16501750
138
EMPIRES
273
Revolutions 16851730
275
The Atlantic 170080
301
Awakenings 170075
338
French America 16501750
363
The Great Plains 16801800
396
Imperial Wars and Crisis 173975
420
The Pacific 17601820
444

New England 16001700
158
Puritans and Indians 16001700
187
The West Indies 16001700
204
Carolina 16701760
222
Middle Colonies 16001700
245
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
479
BIBLIOGRAPHY
481
INDEX
515
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Alan Taylor’s books include William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for history and the Bancroft Prize in American History; The Internal Enemy, also awarded the Pultizer Prize; The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. Taylor holds the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia.


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