Colonial North America and the Atlantic World: A History in Documents

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A comprehensive collection of primary documents for readers of early American and Atlantic history,Colonial North America and the Atlantic Worldgives voice to the men and women-Amerindian, African, and European-who together forged a new world. These compelling narratives address the major themes of early modern colonialism from the perspective of the people who lived at the time: Spanish priests and English farmers, Indian diplomats and Dutch governors, French explorers and African abolitionists. Evoking the remarkable complexity created by the bridging of the Atlantic Ocean,Colonial North America and the Atlantic Worldsuggests that the challenges of globalization-and the growing reality of American diversity-are among the most important legacies of the colonial world.

Author Biography

Brett Rushforth is Assistant Professor of History and director of Native American Studies at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses on the history of early America, American Indians, and comparative slavery. A former fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, he is currently completing a book on the enslavement of American Indians in France’s American colonies.


Paul Mapp is an Assistant Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches courses on colonial North America, the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  A former fellow at the Omohundro Institute, he is currently completing a book manuscript on the role of the North American West in eighteenth-century international affairs.

Table of Contents

Huron Creation Story
Coronado Visits a Pueblo Town in the Southwest
Hernando De Soto Describes the American Southeast
Marco Polo Describes the Riches of Asia Columbus Reaches the New World
William Bradford Describes an Outbreak of Smallpox
New Spain
The Requirement
A Soldier Recalls the Spanish Entrance into Tenochtitlan (Mexico City)
An Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
A Spanish Priest Condemns Cruelty toward the Indians
The Spanish Frontier
Cabeza de Vacarsquo;s Southwestern Odyssey
Pueblo Indians Discuss the Pueblo Revolt
Canada And Iroquoia
A French Explorer Encounters an Iroquoian Village
Champlain Describes the Introduction of Firearms into Indian Warfare
A Jesuit Discusses Life among the Indians
A Plan for Englandrsquo;s Colonization of North America
The First Colonists Arrive at Jamestown
Captain John Smith Describes Virginia Indian Society
Chesapeake Colonies
Frontier Planters Appeal for Protection from Indian Attacks
Virginiarsquo;s Governor Accuses his Enemies of Treason
Nathaniel Bacon Justifies Rebellion
The Virginia Slave Code of 1705
A Virginia Planterrsquo;s Diary
New England
Winthroprsquo;s Vision of New England
Anne Hutchinson Challenges Massachusetts Orthodoxy
Cotton Mather Wrestles with Witchcraft
Puritans And Indians
English and Indians Establish an Alliance
A Minister Discusses the Dilemmas Confronting Christian Indians
An English Woman Recounts Her Captivity
The West Indies
A Portrait of Barbados
Pirates of the Caribbean
A Colonial Leader Discusses the Geopolitics of Carolina in a Time of War
A Missionary Discusses Christianity and Slavery
A Description of Eighteenth-Century South Carolina
Middle Colonies
Dutch Ministers Discuss New Netherland
Stuyvesant Explains the Fall of New Netherland
William Penn Promotes Pennsylvania
Welsh Immigrant Life in Pennsylvania
Rebellion in Boston
Rebellion i
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