The World of Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook offers a comprehensive and in-depth survey of cutting-edge research into the communities, cultures, and colonies that comprised colonial America, with a focus on the processes through which communities were created, destroyed, and recreated that were at the heart of the Atlantic experience. With contributions written by leading scholars from a variety of viewpoints, the book explores key topics such as
-- The Spanish, French, and Dutch Atlantic empires
-- The role of the indigenous people, as imperial allies, trade partners, and opponents of expansion
-- Puritanism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and the role of religion in colonization
-- The importance of slavery in the development of the colonial economies
-- The evolution of core areas, and their relationship to frontier zones
-- The emergence of the English imperial state as a hegemonic world power after 1688
-- Regional developments in colonial North America.
Bringing together leading scholars in the field to explain the latest research on Colonial America and its place in the Atlantic World, this is an important reference for all advanced students, researchers, and professionals working in the field of early American history or the age of empires.
Table of Contents
1. Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, "Introduction"
Part I: Spanish Empire; Spanish Influences
2. Alexander Ponsen, "From Monarchy to Empire: Ideologies, Institutions, and the Limits of Spanish Imperial Sovereignty, 1492-1700"
3. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Bradley J. Dixon, "’The Oversight of King Henry VII’: Imperial Envy and the Making of British America"
4. Bianca Brigidi and James F. Brooks, "Indo-Hispano Borderlands in the Americas: Entanglements, North and South"
Part II. Unfree Labor
5. Abigail L. Swingen, "Labor, Empire, and the State: The English Imperial Experience in the Seventeenth Century"
6. Jenny Shaw, "The Early English Caribbean: Conflict, the Census, and Control"
7. Justin Roberts, "The Development of Slavery in the British Americas"
Part III. British Colonial Developments and the Fates of Indigenous Polities
8. Neal Salisbury, "Spiritual Giants, Worldly Empires: Indigenous Peoples and New England to the 1680s"
9. Wendy Warren, "’Vast and Furious’: Understanding an Atlantic New England"
10. Ned C. Landsman, "The Middle Colonies: Region, Restoration, and Imperial Integration"
11. Daniel K. Richter, "His Own, Their Own: Settler Colonialism, Native Peoples, and the Balance of Power in Eastern North America, 1660-1715"
12. Kathleen M. Brown, "The Chesapeake: Putting Maryland on the Map"
13. Carla Gardina Pestana, "Protestantism as Ideology in the British Atlantic World"
14. Joyce E. Chaplin, "Was Knowledge Power?: Science in the British Atlantic"
Part IV: Competition and Imperial Frontiers
15. Wim Klooster, "Defying Mercantilism: Dutch Inter-Imperial Trade in the Atlantic World"
16. Paul W. Mapp, "Atlantic, Western, and Continental Early America"
17. Ann M. Carlos and Frank D. Lewis, "Native-European Interactions in North America and the Trade in Furs"
18. Elizabeth Ellis, "Dismantling the Dream of ‘France’s Peru’: Indian and African Influences on the Development of Early Colonial Louisiana"
Part V. Revolutions
19. Andrew Shankman and Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, "How to Lose an Empire: British Misperceptions of the Sinews of the Trans-Atlantic System"
20. Jane Landers, "The Revolutionary Black Atlantic: From Royalists to Revolutionaries"