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American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States, Volume1) (Hist of the USA) [Paperback]

By Alan Taylor (Author) & Eric Foner (Editor)
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An acclaimed historian challenges the traditional Anglocentric focus of colonial history by examining the various cultural influences from which "America" emerged and documenting the intricate ecological, ethnic, and economic history of the New World, from the Canadian north to the Pacific rim. Reprint.

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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.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 30, 2002
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0142002100  
ISBN13  9780142002100  
UPC  051488016007  

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More About Alan Taylor & Eric Foner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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."

Alan Taylor currently resides in the state of California.

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American Colonies  May 9, 2008
This book gives us the information we never received in middle school. The history of the United States did not begin at Plymouth. It began in 1492 and there was a lot happening in the West Indies, Florida, The Carolinas, The Chesapeake, between then and 1750.

Of special interest was the interdependence of the Indians and colonists regarding trade. Also, the plantation mentality of the Carolinas versus the small farmer of New England and Pennsylvania - very important differences.
Balanced and Thoughtful  Feb 23, 2008
This is one of the few books I thought worthy of packing to Afghanistan for reading during my deployment.

"American Colonies" strikes me as a balanced and well-researched overview of the colonial experience, whether English, French or Spanish. Alan Taylor paints our colonial history warts and all, which might not appeal to some readers; however, he does not descend into hyperbole. His narrative spans virtually all of the colonial establishments of North America, including the West Indies and the Russian efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

I maintain that the work is balanced because the author supports his contentions with a bibliography full of original sources, and he treats the indigenous peoples with the same unblushing honesty that he does the Europeans (if not at such length; the European colonies are the focus, after all). Mr. Taylor addresses the drastic over-harvesting of beaver by the Montagnais, the Five Nations' virtual obliteration of the Hurons and other neighboring groups, the slave-raiding the Chickasaw practiced against the Choctaw, and the profit-motivated slave-taking which the 'Creek', Yamasee, Cherokee, 'Westo', Savannah and Catawba cheerfully inflicted upon the Guale, Timucua, Apalachee, Tuscarora and others.

All nations, all peoples have elements in their history which are not particularly flattering. Wise people admit and recognize those incidents, consider and judge them in the light of contemporary attitudes and historical imperatives, and draw appropriate conclusions. With "American Colonies", Alan Taylor has made it possible for us to do those things.

Highly recommended. Most people will learn a great deal from this book. If his more unpleasant revelations prompt one to further research, so much the better.
REALLY GOOD!  Dec 24, 2007
One of the better histories I have had the pleasure to read, Alan Taylor, instead of focusing on the AngloBritish derivation of America, provides a pre history that delivers the many cultural influences that gave birth to America.

From the early Indian migrations into North America fifteen thousand ears ago, through the European colonization of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, to the late eighteenth century exploration of Hawaii, Taylor widens the funnel that delivered America. It is at once an economic, social and cultural history that redefines our economic and political history and in the process reexamines North American colonization.

Instead of focusing on Boston Yankees and Virginia planters banding together to throw off their colonial status, the palette is enhanced to include our Spanish, Dutch, French and Russian heritage. Above all, Taylor restores the Native Americans to the story, because without their cooperation, support and contributions, the formation and reshaping of a new way of living we call America would never have occurred.

This is a remarkably well researched, exceedingly well written, good work.
Excellent history  Oct 10, 2007
Extremely entertaining and informative. The settlement of the north American continent has more chapters than Americans are provided in their schools, and this series from Penguin may change that.

This should be required course reading in many topics: US history, government, ecology, politics, idigenous peoples and plants. It is a marvel.

I look forward to the next installents. Anxiously!
before the USA  Aug 13, 2007
It's a nice read for any of you that wish to fill in the void of information between discovery and the constitution.

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