9780582209497

The British in the Americas, 1480-1815

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    9780582209497

  • ISBN10:

    0582209498

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-03-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Summary

Of northern European nations, the British had the greatest impact on the Americas. Their history there embraces far more than the colonies that became the United States: England had been in the New World for a century before those colonies were established, and the British presence long outlived their loss. This integrated account of that involvement spans the entire arc of British territories from the Caribbean to Canada, and the entire period from the first appearance of the English to the disintegration of the British and other Euro-American empires. A fascinating story, engrossingly told, it fills a major gap in current historiography.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
x
List of Maps
xi
Preface xii
Introduction 1(6)
PART ONE Emergence of Empire, 1480-1642 7(86)
English Explorations in the Atlantic
9(26)
The European discoveries
10(2)
Early English voyages to the West
12(4)
Elizabethan adventures in the Americas
16(5)
Colonial experiments
21(3)
English colonizing experiments: conditions and consequences
24(11)
First Colonies
35(21)
English expansion in the early seventeenth century: context
36(2)
Reconnaissance
38(2)
Companies and colonies
40(2)
Virginia: The first years
42(5)
Settlement in New England
47(3)
The West Indies
50(6)
Migrants and Settlers
56(37)
The 'Great Migration'
56(2)
British migration to the Americas: general characteristics
58(5)
New England
63(5)
The Chesapeake Bay colonies: Virginia and Maryland
68(5)
The West Indies
73(3)
The English and the Indians
76(7)
English America in the mid-seventeenth century
83(10)
PART TWO Expansion and Consolidation, 1642-1713 93(122)
The Expansion of Empire
95(32)
Repercussions of the English Civil War in America
96(2)
Commerce and colonial policy
98(5)
Caribbean colonialism: the age of the buccaneers
103(5)
English expansion in North America
108(7)
Anglo-America at the end of the seventeenth century
115(4)
Consolidation and conflict
119(8)
English Colonies in the Caribbean
127(25)
English territories in the Caribbean
128(2)
The Sugar Revolution
130(2)
Plantation society
132(3)
The West Indian plantocracy
135(2)
Slavery
137(4)
Slave resistance
141(2)
The West Indian colonies: character and trajectory
143(9)
The North American Colonies
152(36)
English North America: regions
154(3)
Puritan America: the New England region
157(6)
Plantation America: the Chesapeake region
163(4)
Plantation America: the Carolinas
167(2)
Polyglot America: the Middle Atlantic colonies
169(5)
Frontier America
174(1)
Slavery in North America
175(5)
North American society: character and trajectory
180(8)
Government and Politics
188(27)
Foundations of colonial government
189(6)
Colonial government after the English Civil War
195(3)
Rebellion and royal government in the late seventeenth century
198(4)
The Glorious Revolution and the colonies
202(3)
Government in the colonies
205(3)
The distribution of power
208(7)
PART THREE Transformations of Empire, 1713-1815 215(98)
War, Trade and Empire, 1713-1776
217(35)
The expansion of British Power
218(2)
Imperialist rivalries and colonial wars
220(5)
Expansion in the British Atlantic economy
225(4)
Colonial population growth
229(5)
Colonial commerce and economic growth
234(6)
The colonies and the colonial system
240(3)
The Anglo-American colonies after the Seven Years War
243(9)
Crisis of Empire
252(32)
Imperial reorganization
253(2)
Colonial resistance to reform
255(2)
From resistance to rebellion
257(4)
Origins of revolution
261(11)
The overthrow of British government
272(2)
Breaking British power: The American War of Independence
274(3)
The emergence of the United States
277(7)
Realignments of Empire
284(29)
After the American Revolution: Britain and the United States
285(3)
Imperial realignments in North America
288(5)
Repercussions of revolution in the Caribbean
293(4)
The attack on slavery
297(4)
Britain and the fall of the Euro-American empires
301(5)
British America after 1815: The transition from the first to the second British Empire
306(7)
Epilogue 313(4)
Bibliography 317(18)
Maps 335(11)
Index 346

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