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Books about Life in Colonial America – Books on Colonization of America

Books about Life in Colonial America, books on colonization of America; free online. US History 1607-1775. English and Dutch colonies, French & Indian War, causes of the American Revolution.

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Books about Life in Colonial America – Collection

U.S. History 1607-1776. More than 250 books. Some book titles: The history of the United States of America from the discovery of the continent, The original United States of America, Making thirteen colonies, The British colonies in North America, Understanding the Declaration of Independence, The Revolutionary War Era, Women of colonial America, The Colonial era, The American colonial experience, Colonial America: a compact history, The colonial wars, prelude to the American Revolution; the struggle between France and Great Britain for supremacy in North America: 1689-1763, Founding the American colonies, Early America, The story of the Thirteen Colonies, Provincial America, 1690-1740, The colonial experience; readings in early American history, The British colonies, The colonial period, 1607-1750, The Explorers and settlers : a sourcebook on colonial America, The foundations of American civilization, Colonial times, 1600-1700, Early settlers in America: Jamestown, Plymouth, and Salem, the peoples of early North America, The Atlantic Frontier: colonial American civilization, 1607-1763. Books about life in Colonial America, books on colonization of America, U.S. History 1607-1775.

Books about Colonial America Politics & Government to 1775 – Collection

1607-1776. Nearly 50 books about colonial America politics and government, free online at Internet Archive. Some book titles: Roots of the Republic : American founding documents interpreted, The founding of America, The origins of American politics, Politics and society in colonial America, Foundations of colonial America: a documentary history, The provincial governor in the English colonies of North America, American colonial government, 1696-1765, Anglo-American politics, 1660-1775, The varieties of political experience in eighteenth-century America, American political writing during the founding era, 1760-1805, A Benjamin Franklin reader. Books on colonization of America, books about Colonial America, U.S. History 1607-1776.

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Books on U.S. Colonial Era Social Life & Customs to 1775 – Collection

Approximately 50 free online books about life in Colonial America – American social history 1607-1776. Some book titles: Colonial living, Colonial crafts, Artisans, Colonial life, The writer’s guide to everyday life in Colonial America, Growing up in colonial America, Life in the American colonies, Colonial America to 1763, Home life in colonial days, Daily life in colonial America, How the colonists lived, Holidays and celebrations in colonial America, Child life in colonial days, The American woman in Colonial and Revolutionary times, 1565-1800, Colonial folkways : a chronicle of American life, Colonial home, Colonial women of affairs : women in business and the professions in America before 1776, Inventors and inventions in colonial America, Cities in revolt : urban life in America, 1743-1776, Sexual revolution in early America, Life in the thirteen colonies 1650-1750, Life in the American colonies : daily lifestyles of the early settlers, Life in a colonial town. U.S. History 1607-1775, books about Colonial America, non-fiction books about Colonial America.

Books about Puritans in America – Collection

About 250 books about Puritans in America, from the Internet Archive free online. Some book titles: Puritanism : opposing viewpoints, Life among the Puritans, The Puritans in America : a narrative anthology, The Puritan tradition in America, 1620-1730, The worship of the English Puritans, John Winthrop : politician and statesman, The New England Puritans, figures of nonconformity in early modern England, The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, The American Puritans, their prose and poetry, Puritan New England : essays on religion, society, and culture. Books on the U.S. Colonial era, non-fiction books about Colonial America.

Road to the American Revolution – Books Collection

About 90 free online books on the causes of the American Revolution, at the Internet Archive. Some book titles: The colonial background of the American revolution, colonial radicals and the development of American opposition to Britain, 1765-1776, The causes of the American Revolution, the story of the Boston Tea Party and the beginning of the American Revolution, Smugglers & patriots : Boston merchants and the advent of the American Revolution, The coming of the Revolution, 1763-1775, Great Britain and the American colonies, 1754-1783, The Stamp Act of 1765, Thomas Hutchinson and the origins of the American Revolution, The road to independence; a documentary history of the causes of the American Revolution: 1763-1776, British armed forces and colonial Americans, 1677-1763, Colonies in revolt, The Revolutionary War home front, Events leading to the American Revolution, The Boston Massacre, The navigation acts and the American Revolution. U.S. history 1607-1775, books on the colonization of America, books about life in Colonial America, non-fiction books about Colonial America.

Book: Manuscript Records of the French and Indian War in the Library of the Society

American Antiquarian Society, comp.
Worcester, Mass: American Antiquarian Society 1909 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“The first portion of this volume centers about the personality of Sir William Johnson, one of the most notable of American Colonial leaders… In the second division are manuscripts throwing further light upon the war with France and the work of John Bradstreet throughout that war… [The collection] illustrates the difficulties attendant upon the duties of a Colonial quartermaster and the experiences of a leader of frontier expeditions during the war… Following these … is a group of miscellaneous manuscripts throwing additional light upon various phases of the war. In these the conflict in Pennsylvania is touched upon as well as the war in New England and the Northwest… Finally there is the Orderly Book of William Henshaw …, a picture of [military] camp life from May to Nov 1759.” -Preface. French and Indian War causes, French and Indian War effects.

Book: Colonial Self-Government 1652-1689 (American Nation, Vol. 5)

Author: Andrews, Charles McLean
1904 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“An excellent general account of this period. It emphasizes the variety of conditions and experiments in government in the various colonies. Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities.” – Standard Catalog 1929. First colonies of America, British colonies of America, Dutch colonies in America, Colonization of North America.

Contents: I. Navigation Acts and Colonial Trade (1651-1672) II. English Administration of the Colonies (1660-1689) III. Reorganization of New England (1660-1662) iv. Territorial Adjustment in New England (1662-1668) v. New Amsterdam becomes New York (1652-1672) vi. The Province of New York (1674-1686) vii. Foundation of the Jerseys (1660-1677) viii. Development of the Jerseys (1674-1689) ix. Foundation of the Carolinas (1663-1671) x. Governmental Problems in the Carolinas (1671-1691) xi. Foundation of Pennsylvania (1680-1691) xii. Governmental Problems in Pennsylvania (1681-1696) xiii. Development of Virginia (1652-1675) xiv. Bacon’s Rebellion and its Results (1675-1689) xv. Development of Maryland (1649-1686) xvi. Difficulties in New England (1675-1686) xvii. The Revolution in America (1687-1691) xviii. Social and Religious Life in the Colonies (1652-1689) xix. Commercial and Economic Conditions in the Colonies (1652-1689) xx. Critical Essay on Authorities. U.S. History 1607-1775, books about life in Colonial America, books on the U.S. Colonial Era.

Book: Narratives of the Insurrections, 1675-1690

Author: Andrews, Charles M., ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1915 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:General introduction.–The beginning, progress, and conclusion of Bacon’s rebellion, 1675-1676 <1705>–The history of Bacon’s and Ingram’s rebellion, 1676.–A true narrative of the late rebellion in Virginia, by the Royal Commissioners, 1677.–Narratives of Thomas Miller, Sir Peter Colleton, and the Carolina proprietors, 1680.–Byfield’s account of the late revolution, 1689.–Letter of Samuel Prince, 1689.–A particular account of the late revolution, 1689.–Letter of Captain George to Pepys, 1689.–Andros’s report of his administration, 1690-1691.–Narrative of the proceedings of Andros, 1691.–C.D., New England’s faction discovered, 1690.–Increase Mather’s brief account of the agents, 1691.–Declaration of Protestant subjects in Maryland, 1689.–A modest and impartial narrative, 1690.–A letter from a gentleman of the city of New York, 1698.–Loyalty vindicated, 1698.

Book: Colonials and Patriots: Historic Places Commemorating Our Forebears 1700-1783

Author: Bloom, John Porter and Utley, Robert M., eds.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service 1964 Dewey Dec. 973.91

This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. Part I: Colonials and Patriots: The Historical Background. Part II: National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. Approximately 180 sites and buildings are profiled.

Book: The Americans: the Colonial Experience

Author: Boorstin, Daniel J.
Random House 1958 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“This study of colonial America attempts to show that it was not merely an offshoot of the mother country, but a new civilization… The author centers his highly informative work on colonial education, the special qualities of American speech, and the growth of a distinct culture.” Booklist. British colonies of America, First colonies of America, Colonization of North America, life in Colonial America.

Book: Colonial Fights and Fighters

Author: Brady, Cyrus Townsend
Doubleday, Page 1913 Dewey Dec. 973.2

French and Indian War causes, Who started the French and Indian War? French and Indian War outcome. Stories from the Age of Discovery through the French and Indian War, divided into the following parts:

1. In the Age of Discovery
2. Gentlemen of the Black Flag
3. Various Early Colonial Wars
4. The French and Indian War. Books about life in Colonial America, U.S. Colonial era, U.S. history 1607-1775.

Book: Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776

Author: Bridenbaugh, Carl
Oxford University 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“A masterly history of urban life in the Colonies that recreates, by a brilliant synthesis of contemporary documents, the authentic temper and spirit of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Newport and Charleston during the crucial years preceding the American Revolution. From civic archives, letters, contemporary books, periodicals, speeches and tracts, from every imaginable source of record, Mr. Bridenbaugh has fashioned a vast and amazingly coherent portrait of early metropolitan America.” -Book cover. Causes of the American Revolution, British colonies of America. U.S. history books free online, books about life in colonial America, U.S. colonial era.

Book: Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706

Author: Burr, George Lincoln, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1914 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:From “An essay for the recording of illustrious providences” … by Increase Mather, 1684.–The New York cases of Hall and Harrison, 1665, 1670.–“Lithobolia, or The stone-throwing devil”, by Richard Chamberlain, 1698.–The Pennsylvania cases of Mattson, Hendrickson, and Guard, 1684, 1701.–“Memorable providences, relating to withcrafts and possessions”, by Cotton Mather, 1689.–“A brief and true narrative of withchcraft at Salem village”, by Deodat Lawson, 1692.–Letter of Thomas Brattle, F.R.S., 16902.–Letters of Governor Phips to the home government, 1692, 1693.–From “The wonders of the invisible world”, by Cotton Mather, 1693.–A brand pluck’d out of the burning”, by Cotton Mather, 1693.–From “More wonders of the invisible world”, by Robert Calef.–From “A modest inquiry into the nature of witchcraft”, by John Hale, 1702.–The Virginia case of Grace Sherwood, 1706. Life in colonial America, books on U.S. colonial era.

Book: Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History

Author: Ciment, James
Sharpe Reference 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“This encyclopedia captures it all: the people, institutions, ideas, events, and the creation of the first three hundred years of American history. While it focuses on the thirteen British colonies stretching along the Atlantic, Colonial America sets this history in its larger contexts. Entries also cover Canada, the American Southwest and Mexico, and the Caribbean and Atlantic world directly impacting the history of the thirteen colonies. This encyclopedia explores the complete early history of what would become the United States, including portraits of Native American life in the immediate pre-contact period, early Spanish exploration, and the first settlements by Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and English colonists.” Publisher. British colonies in America, Colonial America time period, First colonies of America. Free online American history books.

Book: The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment

Author: Commager, Henry Steele
Anchor/Doubleday 1977 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“The foremost American historian of his generation delves into the nation’s European origins, illuminating how the new country embodied the principles of the Enlightenment–ideals that Europe, trapped by tradition and privilege, could not itself realize. “…crystalline clarity of…writing [causes] explosions in the reader’s mind…history to be pondered and cherished.”–The New York Times. “Learning and reason are at the service of a mind whose understanding of democracy gains brilliance and power from a passion for…freedom.”–Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Contents: I The Enlightenment as an Age of Discovery – II The Enlightenment Spreads to America – III The Enlightenment Unveils a New World of Nature and of Man – IV America Under Attack – V The Enlightenment Vindicates America – VI The Enlightenment Celebrates the Spirit of the Laws – VII “The Uncorrupted New States and the Corrupted Old” – VIII Americans Bring Forth a New Nation – IX Americans Realize the Theories of the Wisest Writers – X The Blessings of Liberty – Appendix The Term “Philosophe”. American history books online free, books on U.S. colonial era, non-fiction books about colonial America.

Book: Letters from an American Farmer

Author: Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John
Duffield 1904 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“Letters from an American Farmer was published in London in 1782, just as the idea of an “American” was becoming a reality. Those epistolary essays introduced the European public to America’s landscape and customs and have since served as the iconic description of a then-new people. Dennis D. Moore’s convenient, up-to-date reader’s edition situates those twelve pieces from the 1782 Letters in the context of thirteen other essays representative of Crèvecoeur’s writings in English.” – Publisher. Life in Colonial America, books on the U.S. Colonial era.

Book: Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646

Author: Davis, William T., ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1908 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

‘Of Plymouth Plantation’ was written was written between 1630 and 1651 by William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It is regarded as the most authoritative account of the Pilgrims and the early years of the colony which they founded. The journal tells the story of the Pilgrims from 1608, when they settled in the Dutch Republic on the European mainland, through the 1620 Mayflower voyage to the New World, until the year 1647. -Wikipedia

Book: The English Colonies in America

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

– Volume 5

Author: Doyle, John Andrew
1882-1907 Dewey Dec. 973.2

The goal of the author was to write a “complete history of the English Colonies in North America during their period of dependence on the mother country.” British colonies in America, First colonies of America. Chapter headings are:
Volume 1: Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas
Introduction -The United States Territory -The Natives -American Discovery during the Sixteenth Century -Spanish and French Settlements in America during the Sixteenth Century -The Virginia Company -Virginia under Royal Government -Virginia under the Commonwealth -Virginia after the Restoration -The Foundation of Maryland -The Revolution in Maryland -The Two Carolinas -The Social and Economical Life of the Southern Colonies

Volume 2: The Puritan Colonies, Part 1
Introduction -The Plymouth Pilgrims -The Settlement of Massachusetts -Roger Williams and the Antinomians -The Settlement of Connecticut and the Pequod War -The Settlements South of Cape Cod -The Settlements North of Massachusetts -The New England Confederation -New England under the Commonwealth

Volume 3: The Puritan Colonies, Part 2
New England in 1650 -The Restoration in New England -The War with Philip -The Charter of Massachusetts Annulled -The Revolution in New England -New England under Sir William Phipps -Lord Bellomont and the Pirates -The Governorship of Joseph Dudley -New England in 1700

Volume 4: The Middle Colonies
Foundation of New Netherlands -The English Conquest -The Dutch Reconquest -New York under Andros and Dongan -The Revolution in New York -New York after the Revolution -Settlement of New Jersey -New Jersey a Crown Colony -The Foundation of Pennsylvania

Volume 5: The Colonies under the House of Hanover
The General Conditions of the Colonies at the Accession of the House of Hanover -Administrative Development -Religion in the Colonies -Literary and Intellectual Development of the Colonies -The Colonists and the Inferior Races -The Ethnology of the Colonies -The Colonization of Georgia -The Conquest of Canada

Book: Home and Child life in Colonial Days

Author: Earle, Alice Morse; Glubok, Sherley, ed.
MacMillan 1969 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“Abridged from Earle’s “Home Life in Colonial Days” (1898) and “Child Life in Colonial Days.”(1899). An illustrated, popular history of everyday life. U.S. history books.

Book: Home Life in Colonial Days

Illustrated by Photographs gathered by the Author of ‘Real Things, Works and Happenings of Olden Times’

Author: Earle, Alice Morse
NY: Macmillan 1917 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Chapter headings are:
-Homes of the Colonists – The Light of other Days -The Kitchen Fireside -The Serving of Meals -Food from Forest and Sea -Indian Corn -Meat and Drink -Flax Culture and Spinning -Wool Culture and Spinning, with a Postscript on Cotton -Hand-Weaving -Girls’ Occupations -Dress of the Colonists -Jack-knife Industries -Travel, Transportation, and Taverns -Sunday in the Colonies -Colonial Neighborliness -Old-time Flower Gardens

Book: Explorers and Settlers: Historic Places Commemorating the Early Exploration and Settlement of the United States

Author: Ferris, Robert G., ed.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service 1968 Dewey Dec. 973.91

This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. This volume has two parts. The first offers a brief, narrative background for the period of early exploration and settlement. The second consists of evaluations and descriptions of historic sites and structures associated with the period. Over 250 such sites are profiled.

Book: The Colonial Era

Author: Fisher, Rev. George Park
NY: Scribner’s Sons 1910 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Fisher was a professor at Yale. The book is in two parts: 1. From the Discovery of America to the English Revolution of 1688, and 2. From the English Revolution of 1688 to 1756. First colonies of America, British colonies of America, Ductch colonies in America.

Book: The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America

– Volume 2

Author: Fiske, John
1889 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“The latest addition to Mr. John Fiske’s popular historical series is plainly marked by the well-known characteristics of its author — wide reading, affluence of interesting facts and ideas, firm grasp of materials, great literary skill, fondness for episodes, keen enjoyment of the picturesque, much ingenuity in hypothesis and explanation, proneness to generalization, ardent Americanism, and greater conformity to truth in the picture than in the single stroke.” – Lit. of American History (1902). Dutch colonies in America.

Contents: Volume 1. The Medieval Netherlands -Dutch Influence upon England -Verrazano and Hudson -The West India Company -“Privileges and Exemptions” -King Log and King Stork -A Soldier’s Paternal Rule -Some Affairs of New Amsterdam -Dutch and English
Volume II. The English Autocrats -New York in the Year 1680 -Penn’s Holy Experiment -Downfall of the Stuarts -The Citadel of America -Knickerbocker Society -The Quaker Commonwealth -The Migrations of Sects -Appendices. U.S. history books.

Book: New France and New England

Author: Fiske, John
1904 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“A work which covers the period from the discovery to 1789. It treats of Canadian development, Salem witchcraft, Norridgewock and Louisburg, and the French and Indian war.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: From Cartier to Champlain -The Beginnings of Quebec -The Lords of Acadia. Later History of Champain -Wilderness and Empire -Witchcraft in Salem Village -The Great Awakening -Norridgewock and Louisburg -Beginnings of the Great War -Crown Point, Fort William Henry, and Ticonderoga -Louisburg, Fort Duquesne, and the Fall of Quebec

Book: Old Virginia and her Neighbours

– Volume 2

Author: Fiske, John
1897 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“Beginning with the movement which led to the colonization of Virginia, the author traces the settlement of the Southern colonies and their history until 1690. The materials used are well- known ” relations,” records, state histories and monographs, accessible in print. Secondary sources are not infrequently used where the originals were not difficult to procure. In the chapters on early Virginia the substantial accuracy of John Smith is warmly asserted. The cause of Virginia in its early controversy with Maryland is championed. The author writes in an interesting and popular style, but his treatment of the subject is unsystematic, and the work is not free from errors.” -Lit. of American History (1902)

Contents: Volume 1 The Sea Kings -A Discourse on Western Planting -The Land of the Powhatans -The Starving Time -Beginnings of a Commonwealth -A Seminary of Sedition -The Kingdom of Virginia -The Maryland Palatinate -Leah and Rachel

Volume 2 The Coming of the Cavaliers -Bacon’s Rebellion -William and Mary -Maryland’s Vicissitudes -Society in the Old Dominion -The Carolina Frontier -The Golden Age of Pirates -From Tidewater to the Mountains

Book: American Archives: Fourth Series. Containing a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America …

from the King’s message to Parliament, of March 7, 1774, to the Declaration of Independence by the United State [1774-1776]. 6 volumes

Author: Force, Peter, comp.
Washington: Government Printing Office(?) 1837-1846 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“American archives: consisting of a collection of authentick records, state papers, debates, and letters and other notices of publick affairs, the whole forming a documentary history of the origin and progress of the North American colonies; of the causes and accomplishment of the American Revolution; and of the Constitution of government for the United States, to the final ratification thereof”

Book: Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America, 1754-1763

Author: Fowler, William M.
Walker 2005 Dewey Dec. 973.2

On September 13, 1759, after a daring and unexpected ascent up a steep bluff, Wolfe’s English troops confronted Montcalm’s French troops and Canadian irregulars on the Plains of Abraham. The battle that followed determined Canada’s destiny, but it was only one of many confrontations on several continents in what historians consider the first global war. The central drama, the part of the conflict that took place in North America, has become known as the Seven Years’ War.
Empires at War captures the sweeping panorama of this first world war and the huge cast of characters who fought it. William Fowler’s narrative is adept at describing the battles and portraying the important players on all sides, incorporating the perspectives of the First Nations leaders and Canadian volunteers so critical to French initiatives throughout the war. Among the war’s many outcomes were the ceding of Quebec to Britain and the final destruction of Acadia. The war was also waged in Europe, the West Indies, Asia, India and Africa. Before it ended, nearly 1,000,000 men had died.

The Book of the Colonies : Comprising a History of the Colonies Composing the United States …

from the Discovery in the Tenth Century until the Commencement of the Revolutionary War. Compiled from the Best Authorities

Author: Frost, John
Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley 1849 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Provincial America 1690-1740 (American Nation, Vol. 6)

Greene, Evarts Boutell
1905 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“As a condensed account of a peculiarly difficult period, written in the light of modern historical scholarship, the volume is a commendable piece of work and a worthy addition to the series.” – Nation

Contents: i. England and the Colonies (1689) ii. Provincial Reorganization (1689-1692) iii. Extension of Imperial Control (1689-1713) iv. Administrative Control of the Provinces (1689-1713) Sr. Constitutional Tendencies in the Colonies (1689-1713) vi. Puritans and Anglicans (1689-1714) vii. French and English Interests in America (1689) viii. King William’s War (1689-1701) ix. Queen Anne’s War (1700-1709) x. Acadia and the Peace of Utrecht (1709-1713) xi. Imperial Policy and Administration (1714-1742) xii.. Provincial Politics (1714-1740) xiii. Provincial Leaders (1714-1740) xiv. Immigration and Expansion (1690-1740) xv. Founding of Georgia (i 732-1754) xvi. Provincial Industry (1690-1740) xvii. Provincial Commerce (1690-1740) xviii. Provincial Culture (1690-1740) xix. Critical Essay on Authorities

Sir William Johnson and the Six Nations

Griffis, William Elliot
NY: Dodd, Mead 1891 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Johnson (1715-1774) was the chief Indian agent for the colony of New York, and played a leading role in relations between the northern colonies and the Indians, particularly concerning the Six Nations of the Iroquois.

The American Colonial Mind and the Classical Tradition; Essays in Comparative Culture

Gummere, Richard M.
Harvard University 1963 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“This book is concerned with … the impact of Greek and Roman ideas on the lives and thoughts of the men who settled and colonized America from the Jamestown of 1607 to the establishment of the United States in 1789. For a clear understanding of these personalities and activities, it has seemed best to present their indebtedness in the form of essays, largely biographical …” – Preface

Contents: The classical background of the colonial mind – The Virginia argonauts – Novanglia: church, state, and the classics – Colonial reactions to a classical education – William Byrd and Samuel Sewall: two diarists in the ancient tradition – Colonies, ancient and modern – Logan, Franklin, Bartram: humanist, pragmatist, Platonist – The transatlantic muse – Jonathan Boucher, Toryissimus – The classical ancestry of the constitution – Epilogue: Adams and Jefferson – Reference matter. Life in Colonial America, non-fiction books about colonial America.

Narratives of Early Maryland, 1633-1684

Hall, Clayton Colman, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1910 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:An account of the colony of the Lord Baron of Baltamore, 1633.–Instructions to the colonists by Lord Baltimore, 1633.–A briefe relation of the voyage unto Maryland, by Father Andrew White, 1634.–Extracts from a letter of Captain Thomas Yong to Sir Toby Matthew, 1634.–A relation of Maryland, 1635.–Extracts from the annual letters of the English province of the Society of Jesus, 1634, 1638, 1639, 1640, 1642, 1654, 1656, 1681.–Letter of Governor Leonard Calvert to Lord Baltimore, 1638.–The Lord Baltemore’s case, 1658.–Virginia and Maryland, or, The Lord Baltemore’s printed case uncased and answered, 1655.–Babylon’s fall, by Leonard Strong, 1655.–Refutation of Babylon’s fall, by John Langford, 1655.–Leah and Rachel, or, The two fruitful sisters, Virginia and Mary-land, by John Hammond, 1656.–Journal of the Dutch embassy to Maryland, by Augustine Herrman, 1659.–A character of the province of Maryland, by George Alsop, 1666.–From the journal of George Fox, 1672, 1673.–Reports of conferences between Lord Baltimore (Charles, third baron and second proprietary) and William Penn, and their agents, 1682, 1683, 1684.

The Fall of New France, 1755-1760

Hart, Gerald E.
Montreal: Drysdale 1888 Dewey Dec.

The French and Indian War, from the perspective of an English Canadian historian of the late 19th century.

Winthrop’s Journal, “History of New England”, 1630-1649, Vol. 1

Volume 2

Hosmer, James Kendall, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1908 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

“John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay, kept this journal as a personal record of his life and service, but also as a semiofficial history of the first nineteen years of the Bay Colony. Since the late colonial period, historians have used Winthrop’s journal, first as a manuscript, and since 1790 in a variety of editions, for the study of the founding of Massachusetts…. The value of the journal to historians lies in the wealth of information not found in other surviving contemporary records that it provides concerning political and religious affairs in the first years of the new colony. Winthrop gives firsthand accounts, often extremely biased toward his own point of view, but substantial in detailing a range of events and figures in the early history of New England. William Bradford of Plymouth, John Cotton, Anne Hutchinson, and Roger Williams inhabit the pages of the journal; Antinomianism, Indian wars, witchcraft, and wolves are all described and discussed.” -Massachusetts Historical Society website. Life in Colonial America, U.S. colonial era, books about Colonial America.

Preliminaries of the Revolution 1763-1775 (American Nation, Vol. 8)

Howard, George Elliott
Harper & Brothers 1905 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“An excellent study of this period which aims “to show what the issue really was and why people who had lived under one general government for a century and a half could no longer get on together.” Contains maps and a critical essay on authorities.” – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. The French War Reveals an American People (1763) 2. The British Empire under George III (1760-1775) 3. The Mercantile Colonial System (1660-1775) 4. The First Protest of Massachusetts (1761) 5. The First Protest of Virginia (1758-1763) 6. The First Act for Revenue from the Colonies (1763-1764) 7. The Menace of the Stamp Act (1764-1765) 8. America’s Response to the Stamp Act (1765) 9. The Repeal of the Stamp Act (1766) 10. The Townshend Revenue Acts (1766-1767) 11, First Fruits of the Townshend Acts (1768-1770) 12. The Anglican Episcopate and the Revolution (1638-1775) 13. Institutional Beginnings of the West (1768-1775) 14. Royal Orders and Committees of Correspondence (1770-1773) 15. The Tea-Party and the Coercive Acts (1773-1774) 16. The First Continental Congress (1774) 17. The Appeal to Arms (1774-1775) 18. The Case of the Loyalists (1763-1775) 19. Critical Essay on Authorities. U.S. History 1763-1775, books on U.S. colonial era, life in Colonial America.

Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664

Jameson, J. Franklin, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1909 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents: On Hudson’s voyage, by Emanuel van Meteren, 1610.–From “The third voyage of Master Henry Hudson,” by Robert Juet, 1610.–From the “New world,” by Johan de Laet, 1625, 1630, 133, 1640.–From the “Historisch verhael,” by Nicolaes van wassenarer, 1624-1630.–Letter of Isaack de Rasieres to Samuel Blommaert, 1628 –Letter of Reverend Jonas Michaëlius, 1628.–Narrative of a journey into the Mohawk and Oneida country, 1634-1635.–A short account of the Mohawk Indians, by Reverend Johannes Megapolensis, jr., 1644.–From the “Korte historiael ende journaels aenteyckeninge,” by David Pietersz. de Vries, 1633-1643 (1655)–Letter and narrative of Father Isaac Jogues, 1643, 1645.–Novum Belgium, by Father Isaac Jogues, 1646.–Journal of New Netherland, 1647.–The representation of New Netherland, 1650.–Letters of the Dutch ministers to the classis of Amsterdam, 1655-1664.–Description of the towne of Mannaeus, 1661.–The journal of Van Ruyven, Van Cortlant and Lawrence, 1663.–Letter of the town council of New Amsterdam, 1664.–Report on the surrender of New Netherland, by Peter Stuyvesant, 1665.

Original Narratives of Early American History (18 Vols)

Jameson, J. Franklin, ed.
1906-17 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“An extensive, authoritative series of source material for the 17th century. Volumes cover early Spanish exploration, history of various colonies, Indian wars, Spanish exploration in the Southwest, narratives of the Northwest, etc.” – Standard Catalog 1929. [Many of these volumes have individual entries on these American History web pages.]

Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents

Jameson, John Franklin, ed.
1923 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“A well edited collection of documents covering the years 1638-1763 and illustrating all aspects of these two employments.” – Standard Catalog 1929

A History of the French War Ending in the Conquest of Canada

with a preliminary account of the early attempts at colonization and struggles for the possession of the continent

Johnson, Rossiter
NY: Dodd, Mead 1882 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Narratives of the Indian Wars, 1675-1699

Lincoln, Charles H.
Scribner’s Sons 1913 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”. These took place in New England.

Contents: A relacion of the Indyan warre, by John Easton, 1675.–The present state of New-England with respect to the Indian war, by N.S., 1675.–A continuation of the state of New-England, by N.S., 1676.–A new and further narrative of the state of New-England, by N.S., 1676.–The war in New-England visibly ended, by R.H., 1677.–Narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, 1682.–Decennium luctuosum, by Cotton Mather, 1699.

A Short History of the English Colonies in America

Lodge, Henry Cabot
NY: Harper 1900 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Contents: Virginia 1606-1765 – Virginia 1765 – Maryland 1632-1765 – Maryland 1765 – North Carolina 1663-1765 – North Carolina 1765 – South Carolina 1663-1765 – South Carolina 1765 – Georgia 1732-1765 – Georgia 1765 – Delaware 1609-1682 – Pennsylvania 1681-1765 – Pennsylvania and Delaware 1765 – New Jersey 1664-1765 – New Jersey 1765 – New York 1609-1765 – New York 1765 – Massachusetts 1620-1765 – Connecticut 1635-1765 – Rhode Island 1636-1765 – New Hampshire 1623-1765 – New England 1765 – Preparing for Revolution: 1765-1776 – War for Independence: 1776-1782 – Peace: 1782

Select Charters and other Documents Illustrative of American History, 1606-1775

Macdonald, William, ed.
Macmillan 1904 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Contains the text of 80 documents.

Contents: First Charter of Virginia — Second Charter of Virginia — Third Charter of Virginia — Patent of the Council for New England — Mayflower Compact — Ordinance for Virginia — Grant of Maine to Gorges and Mason — First Charter of Massachusetts — Charter of Privileges to Patroons — Grant of New Hampshire — Plymouth Patent — Charter of Maryland — Grant of New Hampshire and Massonia — Fundamental Orders of Connecticut — Grant of the Province of Maine — Fundamental Articles of New Haven — Massachusetts Body of Liberties — Patent of Providence Plantations — New England Confederation — Government of New Haven — Maryland Toleration Act — Navigation Act — First Navigation Act — Charter of Connecticut — Explanatory Navigation Act — First Charter of Carolina — Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — Second Navigation Act — Grant to the Duke of York — Grant of New Jersey to Berkeley and Carteret — New Jersey Concession and Agreement — Second Charter of Carolina — Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina — Third Navigation Act — Grant of New Jersey to Carteret. Quintipartite Deed — Concessions and Agreements of West New Jersey — Charter of Pennsylvania — Grant of East New Jersey — Frame of Government of Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania and Delaware Frame — Second Charter of Massachusetts — Navigation Act — Pennsylvania Frame of Government — Treaty of Ryswick — Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges — Treaty of Utrecht — Explanatory Charter of Massachusetts — Charter of Georgia — Molasses Act — Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle — Albany Plan of Union — Writ of Assistance — Treaty of Paris — Royal Proclamation Concerning America — Sugar Act — Stamp Act — Quartering Act — Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress — Declaratory act — Act Suspending the New York Assembly — Townshend Acts — Act Establishing Customs Commissioners — Revenue Act — Tea Act — Massachusetts Circular Letter — Virginia Resolutions — Boston Port Act. Massachusetts Government Act — Administration of Justice Act — Quartering Act — Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress — The Association — Lord North’s Conciliatory Resolution — New England Restraining Act — Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms — Petition to the King — Report on Lord North’s Conciliatory Resolution — Proclamation of Rebellion — Act Prohibiting Trade and Intercourse with America. U.S. History 1606-1775, Books on colonization of America.

A History of the Colonies Planted by the English on the Continent of North America …

from their Settlement to the Commencement of that War which Terminated in their Independence

Marshall, John
Philadelphia: Small 1824 Dewey Dec. 973.2

The author was Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835, and is still considered one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in U.S. history. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, and prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court was a Federalist leader in the House of Representatives. As the Supreme Court met for only three months per year, Marshall apparently found ample time for researching and writing history. In addition to this volume, he was the author of a 5-volume ‘Life of George Washington’. Life in Colonial America, books on colonization of America.

Travels in the American Colonies

Mereness, Newton D.
Macmillan Company 1916 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Collected original documents.

Contents: Cuthbert Potter’s journal of a journey from Virginia to New England, 1690.–Journal of Diron d’Artaguiette, inspector general of Louisiana, 1722-1723.–Journal of Colonel George Chicken’s mission from Charleston, S.C., to the Cherokees, 1726.–Journal of Captain Tobias Fitch’s mission from Charleston to the Creeks, 1726.–A ranger’s report of travels with General Oglethorpe in Georgia and Florida, 1739-1742.–Journal of Antoine Bonnefoy’s captivity among the Cherokee Indians, 1741-1742.–Journal of Beauchamp’s journey from Mobile to the Choctaws, 1746.–Journal of Captain Phineas Stevens’ journey from Charlestown, N.H., to Canada, 1752.–Diary of a journey of Moravians from Bethlehem, Pa., to Bethabara, N.C., 1753.–Minutes from the journal of Mr. Hamburgh’s travels in the Michigan and Illinois country, 1763.–Journal of an officer’s travels in America and the West Indies, 1764-1765 — Journal of Captain Harry Gordon’s journey from Pittsburg down the Ohio and the Mississippi to New Orleans, Mobile, and Pensacola, 1766.–David Taitt’s journal of a journey through the Creek country, 1772.–Dr. John Berkenhout’sjournal of an excursion from New York to Philadelphia, 1778.–Travel diary of Bishop Reichel, Mrs. Reichel, and their company from Lititz, Pa., to Salem, N.C., 1780.–Extracts from the travel diary of Bishop Reichel, Mrs. Reichel, and Christian Heckewelder from Salem to Lititz, 1780.–Colonel William Fleming’s journal of travels in Kentucky, 1779-1780.–Colonel William Fleming’s journal of travels in Kentucky, 1783. Books about life in colonial America, books on U.S. colonial era.

La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West

Parkman, Francis
1879 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Francis Parkman was possibly America’s most influential and widely read historian in the late 19th century. His reputation for research and interpretation has suffered in the 20th century, but his ability to tell a story has aged well. “In his inimitable style Parkman describes the exploration of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and the adventures of Joliet, Marquette and Father Hennepin, grouping all these events about La Salle.”
(La Salle. Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687) – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: 1. 1643-1669 Cavelier de la Salle 2. 1669-1671 La Salle and the Sulpitians 3. 1670-1672 The Jesuits on the Lakes 4. 1667-1672 France takes Possession of the West 5. 1672-1675 The Discovery of the Mississippi 6. 1673-1678 La Salle and Frontenac 7. 1678 Party Strife 8. 1677, 1678 The Grand Enterprise 9. 1678-1679 La Salle at Niagara 10. 1679 The Launch of the “Griffin” 11. 1679 La Salle on the Upper Lakes 12. 1679, 1680 La Salle on the Illinois 13. 1680 Fort Crevecoeur 14. 1680 Hardihood of La Salle 15. 1680 Indian Conquerors 16. 1680 Tonty and the Iroquois 17. 1680 The Adventures of Hennepin 18. 1680, 1681 Hennepin among the Sioux 19. 1681 La Salle begins Anew 20. 1681-1682 Success of La Salle 21. 1682, 1683 St. Louis of the Illinois 22. 1680-1683 La Salle Painted by Himself 23. 1684 A New Enterprise 24. 1684, 1685 The Voyage 25. 1685 La Salle in Texas 26. 1685-1687 St. Louis of Texas 27. 1687 Assassination of La Salle 28. 1687, 1688 The Innocent and the Guilty 29. 1688-1689 Fate of the Texan Colony

Montcalm and Wolfe

– Volume 2

Parkman, Francis
1884 Dewey Dec. 973.2

The story of the downfall of France in America, culminating in the battle on the Heights of Abraham.

Contents: Volume 1: 1. 1745-1755 The Combatants 2. 1749-1752 Celoron de Bienville 3. 1749-1753 Conflict for the West 4. 1710-1754 Conflict for Acadia 5. 1753, 1754 Washington 6. 1754, 1755 The Signal of Battle 7. 1755 Braddock 8. 1755 Removal of the Acadians 9. 1755 Dieskau 10. 1755, 1756 Shirley. Border War 11. 1712-1756 Montcalm 12. 1756 Oswego 13. 1756, 1757 Partisan War 14. 1757 Montcalm and Vaudreuil 15. 1757 Fort William Henry
Volume 2: 16. 1757, 1758 A Winter of Discontent 17. 1753-1760 Bigot 18. 1757, 1758 Pitt 19. 1758 Louisbourg 20. 1758 Ticonderoga 21. 1758 Fort Frontenac 22. 1758 Fort Duquesne 23. 1758, 1759 The Brink of Ruin 24. 1758, 1759 Wolfe 25. 1759 Wolfe at Quebec 26. 1759 Amherst. Niagara 27. 1759 The Heights of Abraham 28. 1759 Fall of Quebec 29. 1759, 1760 Sainte-Foy 30. 1760 Fall of Canada 31. 1758-1763 The Peace of Paris 32. 1763-1884 Conclusion

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Philbrick, Nathaniel
Viking 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.2

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.
The Mayflower’s religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups—the Wampanoags, under the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish was barely five feet tall—maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip’s War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists and natives alike and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them.
With towering figures like William Bradford and the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history—a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion. Books on colonization of America, books about life in colonial America.

Memoir upon the Late War in North America between the French and English, 1755-60 …

followed by observations upon the theatre of actual war, and by new details concerning the manners and customs of the Indians; with topographical maps

– Volume 2

Pouchot, Pierre
Roxbury, Mass:1866 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Pierre Pouchot (1712-1769) was an officer and engineer in the French army. During the French and Indian War he was in charge of construction and defense of Forts Niagara and Levis, among other assignments. This memoir, written in 1768, draws upon his wartime experience in Canada as well as his knowledge of French military strategy and operations. It is the only history of that war on this webpage written by a French military participant.

Colonial America to 1763

Purvis, Thomas L.
Facts on File 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series ‘Almanacs of American Life’. “Each volume is an almanac-format compilation of information in statistical and tabular form, with connective text describing the detail of life during the period. Each book is enhanced by about 100 illustrations… and contains an extensive bibliography.” They provide info on climate, natural history, geography, dates of events, the economy, the population, diet and health, religion, politics & government, cities, education, arts & letters, science and technology, popular culture, crime etc.” -Book cover. Books about life in colonial America, U.S. History 1607-1765, books on U.S. colonial era.

War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier

Ross, John F.
Bantam 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Often hailed as the godfather of today’s elite special forces, Robert Rogers trained and led an unorthodox unit of green provincials, raw woodsmen, farmers, and Indian scouts on “impossible” missions in colonial America that are still the stuff of soldiers’ legend. The child of marginalized Scots-Irish immigrants, Rogers learned to survive in New England’s dark and deadly forests, grasping, as did few others, that a new world required new forms of warfare. John F. Ross not only re-creates Rogers’s life and his spectacular battles with breathtaking immediacy and meticulous accuracy, but brings a new and provocative perspective on Rogers’s unique vision of a unified continent, one that would influence Thomas Jefferson and inspire the Lewis and Clark expedition. Rogers’s principles of unconventional war-making would lay the groundwork for the colonial strategy later used in the War of Independence—and prove so compelling that army rangers still study them today. Robert Rogers, a backwoods founding father, was heroic, admirable, brutal, canny, ambitious, duplicitous, visionary, and much more—like America itself.

The First American Revolution

Rossiter, Clinton
Harcourt, Brace 1984 Dewey Dec. 973.2

“From his monumental study of the political ideas that sustained the rise of liberty in Colonial and Revolutionary America, ‘Seedtime of the Republic’, Clinton Rossiter has culled the present volume. The First American Revolution is a selective account Of the government, religion, social structure, and intellectual life of the thirteen colonies. “What I have tried to do,” Mr. Rossiter states, “is to describe the total environment as one extremely favorable to the rise of liberty, and to single out those facets which seemed most influential in creating this environment.”” -Book cover

England in the wilderness: the colonists and their world — Soil, sea, and forest: the economy of the colonies — Self-government before democracy: the pattern of colonial politics — Better sort, middling sort, meaner sort: the structure of colonial society — The golden age succeeds the iron: the colonial mind — The second American revolution succeeds the first

King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict

Schultz, Eric B. and Tougias, Michael J.
Countryman 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.2

King Philip’s War–one of America’s first and costliest wars–began in 1675 as an Indian raid on several farms in Plymouth Colony, but quickly escalated into a full-scale war engulfing all of southern New England.
At once an in-depth history of this pivotal war and a guide to the historical sites where the ambushes, raids, and battles took place, King Philip’s War expands our understanding of American history and provides insight into the nature of colonial and ethnic wars in general. Through a careful reconstruction of events, first-person accounts, period illustrations, and maps, and by providing information on the exact locations of more than fifty battles, King Philip’s War is useful as well as informative. Students of history, colonial war buffs, those interested in Native American history, and anyone who is curious about how this war affected a particular New England town, will find important insights into one of the most seminal events to shape the American mind and continent.

A General History of the United States of America from the discovery in 1492: (vol 1)

or, sketches of the divine agency, in their settlement, growth, and protection; and especially in the late memorable Revolution, exhibiting a general view of the principal events, from the discovery of North America to the year 1765

Trumbull, Benjamin
NY: Williams & Whiting 1810 Dewey Dec. 973.2

This history should be in 3 volumes, but only the first volume was found online.

The author, Benjamin Trumbull (1735-1820), was a Connecticut minister educated in divinity at Yale. He wrote in the Preface that, “after the revolutionary war, it was the desire of many pious men , that the remarkable deliverances, which the United States of America had experienced, might be fully exhibited to the public, as a tribute of praise to their great Deliverer, and for the instruction of posterity.” He wrote that he agreed to a request from the General Association of the State of Connecticut to write such a history, but decided to expand the theme to start with the discovery of America and take the story through to the establishment of the U.S. Trumbull believed that this was the first published history of the United States.

Narratives of Early Virginia, 1606-1625

Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1907 Dewey Dec. 973.2

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents: Observations by Master George Percy, 1607.–A true relation, by Captain John Smith, 1608.–Description of Virginia and proceedings of the colonie.–The relation of the Lord De-La-Ware, 1611.–Letter of Don Diego de Molina, 1613.–Letter of Father Pierre Biard, 1614.–Letter of John Rolfe, 1614.–Proceedings of the Virginia Assembly, 1619.–Letter of John Pory, 1619.–Generall historie of Virginia by Captain John Smith, 1624; the fourth booke.–The Virginia planters’ answer to Captain Butler, 1623.–The tragical relation of the Virginia Assembly, 1624.–The discourse of the old company 1625.

French Policy Defeated, being an account of all the hostile proceedings of the French, against the inhabitants of the British Colonies in North America, for the last seven years

London: 1755 Dewey Dec. 973.2

[Continued from the title page] “Also, the vigorous measures pursued both in England and America, to vindicate the rights of the British subjects, and the honour of the Crown, from the insults and invasions of the perfidious enemies. With an authentic account of the naval engagement off Newfoundland, and the taking of the forts in the Bay of Fundy. Embellished with two curious maps, describing all the coasts, bays, lakes, rivers, soundings, principal towns and forts, confining on the British plantations in America.”

The Golden Age of Colonial Culture

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Williamsburg, Charleston

Wertenbaker, Thomas J.
Cornel University 1975 Dewey Dec. 973.2

The eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment “produced a great flowering of American culture, since England was to colonial America as Greece was to Rome. Like Rome, the colonies borrowed their cultural beginnings and then transformed them into something peculiarly their own. Thomas Wertenbaker here examines the cultural development of six colonial centers – Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Williamsburg, and Charleston. He synthesizes a wide range of source materials to provide a lively picture of the particular culture of each city and the diverse influences and traditions which shaped it.” -Book cover

Contents: Crucibles of culture — The Puritan begins to play Boston — Father Knickerbocker becomes aesthetic New York — Culture with a thee and a thou Philadelphia — Intellectual life around the punch bowl Annapolis — The mind of the tobacco aristocrat Williamsburg — Rice, indigo, and elegance Charleston — Conclusion

Dutch Explorers, Traders and Settlers in the Delaware Valley, 1609-1664

Weslager, Clinton A.
University of Pennsylvania 1961 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Contents: Henry Hudson – First expedition – Island in the Delaware – Swanendael tragedy – Indians-and the building of Fort Nassau – Intruders, forts and beaver trade – Secret instructions for Peter Minuit – Building activities and architecture – Dutch maps and geographical names – End of the Dutch era

The Mississippi Basin: The Struggle in America between England and France 1697-1763, with full cartographical illustrations from contemporary sources

Winsor, Justin
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1895 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Contents: The Mississippi Basin at the end of the 17th C – Iberville’s expedition 1697-1700 – Throughout the Valley 1700-1709 – Crozat and trade 1710-1719 – The Mississippi Bubble 1714-1720 – The barriers of Louisiana 1710-1720 – Charlevoix and his observations 1720-1729 – Along the Appalachians 1720-1727 – The Rivalries of France, England, and Spain 1730-1740 – The Search for the sea of the West 1727-1753 – War and Truce 1741-1748 – The portals of the Ohio Valley 1740-1749 – Louisiana and its Indians 1743-1757 – Undeclared war 1750-1754 – The rival claimants for North America 1497-1755 – The anxieties and plans of 1754 – The Alleghany portals 1755 – Two dismal years 1756, 1757 – The Ohio and St. Lawrence won 1758-1759 – The transition from war to war 1760-1762 – The treaty of peace 1762-1763 – The effect upon the Indians 1763-1765 – Occupation completed 1764, 1765

The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies

Wood, Betty
Hill and Wang 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Though the English did not begin their colonization of the New World with the intention of enslaving anyone, by the end of the seventeenth century chattel slavery existed in each of England’s American colonies. Why? And why did the English enslave West Africans rather than native Americans or Europeans? Historians have usually stressed either racial ideology or determining economic and demographic factors, but Betty Wood suggests that a more complex rationale was at work. In this important new analysis, Wood begins by exploring the meanings of freedom and bondage in sixteenth-century English thought and the ideas that men and women of Tudor England had about Africans and native Americans. She studies their prejudices against non-Christians, their responses to models of slavery in the Spanish and French colonies, and their assessment of their own labor shortages, and in the light of these various factors interprets the decision of the English to resort to slave labor in the colonies. She then follows the spread of slavery through the seventeenth century, from the Caribbean and the Carolinas to Virginia tobacco country and finally among the Puritans and Quakers farther north.

Contents: Freedom and bondage in English thought – “Beastly Lyvynge”: Images of West Africans and Native Americans – The First American slaves: the Caribbean and Carolina – Tobacco slaves: the Chesapeake colonies – “Godly Society”: slavery among Puritans and Quakers

A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways who rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Woodward, Hobson
Viking 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.2

Merging maritime adventure and early colonial history, A Brave Vessel charts a little-known chapter of the past that offers a window on the inspiration for one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. In 1609, aspiring writer William Strachey set sail for the New World aboard the Sea Venture, only to wreck on the shores of Bermuda. Strachey’s meticulous account of the tragedy, the castaways’ time in Bermuda, and their arrival in a devastated Jamestown, remains among the most vivid writings of the early colonial period. Though Strachey had literary aspirations, only in the hands of another William would his tale make history as The Tempest-a fascinating connection across time and literature that Hobson Woodward brings vividly to life.

Contents: Poet of London — Aboard for Jamestown — Ocean bound — Hurricane — Rogue wave — Devil’s land — Angel’s garden — New life — Rebellion — Away to Virginia — Relief from home — Forest people — Blood in the snow — Poison — Bound for England — Blackfriars surprise — Bermuda ghosts — After the storm

A General History of the British Empire in America Containing an Historical, Political, and Commercial View of the English Settlements; …

Including all the Countries in North-America, and the West-Indies, Ceded by the Peace of Paris

– Volume 2

Wynne, John Huddlestone
London: Richardson and Urquhart 1770 Dewey Dec. 973.2

John Huddlestone Wynne (1743-1788) lived in Southampton, England and wrote on a variety of topics, including essays, poetry, an annotated edition of the New Testament, and history. His works of history don’t appear to have gained much respect within the profession. In this work, the second volume is almost entirely about the war of 1754-1760 between Britain and France.

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