The Atlantic World: Europeans, Africans, Indians and Their Shared History, 1400–1900

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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From ca. 1400 to 1900 the Atlantic Ocean served as a major highway, allowing people and goods to move easily between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. These interactions and exchanges transformed European, African, and American societies and led to the creation of new peoples, cultures, economies, and ideas throughout the Atlantic arena. The Atlantic World provides a comprehensive and lucid history of one of the most important and impactful cross-cultural encounters in human history. Empires, economies, and trade in the Atlantic world thrived due to the European drive to expand as well as the creative ways in which the peoples living along the Atlantic's borders adapted to that drive. This comprehensive, cohesively written textbook offers a balanced view of the activity in the Atlantic world. The 40 maps, 60 illustrations, and multiple excerpts from primary documents bring the history to life. Each chapter offers a reading list for those interested in a more in-depth look at the period.

Author Biography

Thomas Benjamin is Professor of History and a member of the Center for Transnational and Comparative History at Central Michigan University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450 and co-editor of The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xi
List of Mapsp. xiv
List of Documentsp. xvi
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. xxiii
The Ocean Shall Unloose the Bonds of Thingsp. 1
Antecedents: The Americas, Africa and Europe in the Fifteenth Centuryp. 6
Commencement: The European Opening of the Atlantic Oceanp. 52
Conquests: Forging the Iberian Empires in Africa and the Americasp. 105
Realms: The Overseas Empires of Spain and Portugalp. 161
Europe Supported by Africa and Americap. 209
Incursions: The French, English and Dutch Invasions of the Iberian Atlanticp. 214
Engagement: The Entangled Worlds of Indians and Europeansp. 273
Uprooted: West Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Tradep. 326
Bondage: The Atlantic Plantation Complex and the Cultures of Slaveryp. 373
Partners: Women and Men in the Making of the Atlantic Worldp. 420
A New Order of the Agesp. 465
Rivals: Great Britain and France in the Long Eighteenth Centuryp. 472
Liberty: The Atlantic World in the Age of Revolutionp. 517
Equality: The Atlantic World in the Age of Revolutionp. 567
Freedom: The Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade and New World Slaveryp. 615
Epiloguep. 661
Glossaryp. 667
Select Bibliographyp. 675
Indexp. 699
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