American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States, Volume 1)
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 American ... Read full review
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.
New Spain 15001600
The Spanish Frontier 15301700
Canada and Iroquoia 15001660
Chesapeake Colonies 16501750
The Atlantic 170080
French America 16501750
The Great Plains 16801800
Imperial Wars and Crisis 173975
The Pacific 17601820