American Colonies

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Penguin, 2001 - History - 526 pages
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With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. 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. "Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Colonies is perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." (Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan)
 

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Review: American Colonies: The Settling of North America

User Review  - Michael A - Goodreads

There's clearly a bias with this book -- it reminds me a bit of Zinn's version of American history. I admire Zinn's account as it's a good way to correct some of the more obvious abuses of writing ... Read full review

Review: American Colonies: The Settling of North America

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A detailed and relentlessly blunt account of the various colonial experiences in North America. Taylor avoids academic jargon and focuses on presenting a "readable" narrative, although he has a rather ... Read full review

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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About the author (2001)

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. He is a professor of history at the University of California at Davis.

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