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Kirtland Community College Library E 45 .T39 2013 30775305484975 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780199766239 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
  • ISBN: 0199766231 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
  • Physical Description: print
    xv, 151 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
  • Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-145) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : Maps -- Encounters -- New Spain -- New France -- Chesapeake colonies -- New England -- West Indies and Carolina -- British America -- Empires.
Summary, etc.: "Over the last generation, historians have broadened our understanding of colonial America by examining the interplay of Europe, Africa, and the Americans through the flow of goods, people, plants, animals, capital, and ideas. Alan Taylor presents an engaging overview of this new scholarship, showing that American colonization derived from a global expansion of European exploration and commerce that began in the fifteenth century. The English had to share the stage with French, Spanish, Dutch, and Russians, each of whom created alternative Americas. Taylor also focuses on slavery as central to the economy, culture, and political thought of the colonists and on the importance of native peoples to the colonial story. This book describes an intermingling of cultures and of microbes, plants, and animals from different continents that was unparalleled in global history."--Jacket.
Subject: North America History
Europe Colonies America History
Indians of North America History
North America History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Indians of North America History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775

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Colonial America: a Very Short Introduction
Colonial America: a Very Short Introduction
by Taylor, Alan
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Colonial America: a Very Short Introduction


In the traditional narrative of American colonial history, early European settlements, as well as native peoples and African slaves, were treated in passing as unfortunate aberrations in a fundamentally upbeat story of Englishmen becoming freer and more prosperous by colonizing an abundantcontinent of "free land."Over the last generation, historians have broadened our understanding of colonial America by adopting both a trans-Atlantic and a trans-continental perspective, examining the interplay of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through the flow of goods, people, plants, animals, capital, and ideas. In thisVery Short Introduction, Alan Taylor presents an engaging overview of the best of this new scholarship. He shows that American colonization derived from a global expansion of European exploration and commerce that began in the fifteenth century. The English had to share the stage with the French,Spanish, Dutch, and Russians, each of whom created alternative Americas.By comparing the diverse colonies of rival empires, Taylor recovers what was truly distinctive about the English enterprise in North America. He focuses especially on slavery as central to the economy, culture, and political thought of the colonists and restores the importance of native peoples tothe colonial story. To adapt to the new land, the colonists needed the expertise, guidance, alliance, and trade of the Indians who dominated the interior. This historical approach emphasizes the ability of the diverse natives to adapt to the newcomers and to compel concessions from them.This Very Short Introduction describes an intermingling of cultures and of microbes, plants, and animals - from different continents that was unparalleled in global history.
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