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The World of Colonial America
An Atlantic Handbook

ISBN 9780367736248
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
426 Pages

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Book Description

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"



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Ignacio Gallup-Diaz is Associate Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College.


With an impressive roster of contributors and a wide-ranging selection of original chapters, Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook will be valuable for scholars, instructors, and students alike.

  • Erik R. Seeman, author of Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800

In The World of Colonial America, Ignacio Gallup-Diaz offers scholars and students a remarkably expansive and fresh approach to the Atlantic history of colonial America. With twenty essays written by leading scholars in the field, this rich and engaging collection reframes our understanding by situating the misunderstood and understudied communities, peoples, and cultures of colonial America at the center of the Atlantic World rather than its periphery.

  • Judith Ridner, Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University

With so many leading historians lending their cutting-edge perspectives to a variety of well-organized subjects, this volume will ignite students’ passion for the past. It will also, importantly, force readers to re-think their own interpretations of the present. Diverse and critical in its execution, The World of Colonial America is truly a "handbook" for a new generation of scholars.

  • Vaughn Scribner, Assistant Professor of History at Central Arkansas University

This is an immensely clarifying and exciting collection, at once surveying the field and looking forward to where it is going, as some practitioners emphasize, vastly. The veterans here cover their subjects with the rigor and precision we have come to expect, and the relative newcomers to the field offer fresh vantage points. Not to be missed!

  • David Waldstreicher, CUNY Graduate Center