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American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States, Volume1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    Alan Taylor has a gift!

    The study of Colonial America has always been one of the most neglected eras of American History, save for the period immediately preceeding the Revolution. Mr. Taylor, who has a gift of synthesizing a great deal of information into very readable sections, has chosen various episodes in Colonial America wisely and writes with almost the same readability of Francis Parkman. No myths here, Mr. Taylor gives us the reality of the 'conquest' of North America. Moreover, the destruction of the Native American population, particularly the area of Peru and Mexico, were chilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013


    An excellent work that covers all of the European colonies in the New World. It shows the reasons why immigrants left Europe for a better life, and the views of both the immigrants and colonists and their differing views of the world.
    The BEST work on the colonization of the Americas that I have read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Strong synthesis of a much neglected topic

    'American Colonies' by Alan Taylor is a fresh, informative synthesis of often overlooked aspects of post-Columbian North America. It emphasizes the English colonies, dividing its attention more or less equally between the northern, southern, and middle colonies. But unlike most American historians, the author doesn't exclude the many non-English inhabitants of North America from his book. Taylor tells the stories of the Spanish missions in Florida and the Southwest, of the French colonies in Canada and Louisiana, of the Russian hunters in Alaska, and of the Dutch trading posts in what would become New York. Much space is devoted to social developments: Native American cultures and customs, the Great Awakenings, the Canadian siegneurs, Southern aristocracy, slave conditions, French relations with the Indians, etc. The coverage is comprehensive, detailed, and organized, with each chapter split into several branches of the chapter's subject. I have only three quibbles: '1' the author's prosaic, humorless style '2' the abrupt ending that lacks a conclusion and '3' the absence of citations, even for quotes. The superb further reading section, however, compensates for this last shortcoming. All in all, 'American Colonies' is an informative and enlightening history. Readers who want to transcend the Anglocentricity of most history books will find 'American Colonies' particularly interesting. I highly recommend this book.

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