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Colonial America to 1763

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From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the eighteenth century, this volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent.

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Overview

From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the eighteenth century, this volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent.

The book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art, and other elements that defined colonial life. Brief sketches and extended essays on a wide range of topics are used as appropriate to place quantitative data into perspective.

Among the topics covered are:
• The harsh weather extremes that tested the endurance of the earliest European settlers
• The impact of the Europeans' arrival on Native American populations and cultures
• Colonization and regional settlement patterns, including the first permanent English settlement in America founded at Jamestown in 1607
• The Mayflower Compact of 1607 and the establishment of a legal basis for a civil society
• The arrival of African Americans in AngloAmerica
• Witchcraft in the 17th century, including the witchcraft craze in Salem Village
• Prominent and representative Americans of the period, such as Pocahontas, John Smith, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), and Benjamin Franklin
• Education and its value to AngloAmericans, including the founding
of Harvard in 1636
• Publishing and literature, including the colonies' first imprint in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early 1639, the publication of "Poor Richard's Almanac," and Boston's recognition as the cradle of colonial journalism
• The coming of age of American cities—Boston, NewYork, Philadelphia, Charles Town, and Newport—by the 1750s.

A chronology of colonial American history through 1763 documents significant developments as well as events related to social customs, law, and the economy, such as the first American woman denied the right to vote (Martha Brent of Maryland in 1647), and the earliest antismoking legislation passed by Massachusetts Bay in 1646 (which forbade smoking in town as a fire hazard). To enhance readers' appreciation of this period, the text includes more than 100 illustrations and maps.
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The impressive quantity and quality of work found here incorporate a great breadth of useful information about Colonial America. A marvelous reference companion for serious students, highly recommended for academic libraries.
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This modest-sized book presents a mine of information for both researchers and general readers. Its articles are divided into subject areas (e.g. Native American life, the economy, diet and health, and prominent and representative Americans) and are accompanied by 430 detailed tables presenting data such as: reported weather conditions in New England, 1607-1699; chronology of the colonial Indian conflicts, 1622-1763; earliest population estimates of Indian Nations in Eastern US; number and value of livestock owned by Connecticut farmers age 40-60, 1670-1769; percentage of colonial households owning plows, 1636-1769; workday schedule of Francis Pepper, a hired farm laborer in Springfield, Mass., about 1665; and iron forges and furnaces operating in Massachusetts, 1758. A sampler of historical documents concludes the work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The impressive quantity and quality of work found here incorporates a great breadth of useful information about Colonial America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816025275
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Almanacs of American Life Series
  • Pages: 381
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Climate, Natural History, and Historical Geography 1
2 Native American Life 20
3 Chronology, to 1763 38
4 The Economy 50
5 Population Statistics 128
6 Diet and Health 168
7 Religion 178
8 Government 187
9 The Colonies 199
10 The Cities 220
11 Prominent and Representative Americans 230
12 Education 239
13 Arts and Letters 251
14 Science and Technology 266
15 Architecture 275
16 Holidays and Calendars 284
17 Popular Life and Recreation 292
18 Crime and Violence 304
19 A Documentary Sampler of Colonial America, 1492-1763 318
Bibliography 331
App. List of Tables 335
Index 343
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