Events That Changed America Through the Seventeenth Century

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From the settlement of the earliest peoples in the Americas to the close of the seventeenth century, enormous changes took place in what was to become the continental United States. To help students understand this sweep of history, this unique resource provides detailed description and expert analysis of the ten most important events through the seventeenth century: First Encounters, c. 40,000 BCE - 1492 AD; The Expedition of Coronado, 1540-1542; The Founding of St. Augustine, 1565; Early English Colonization ...

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Overview

From the settlement of the earliest peoples in the Americas to the close of the seventeenth century, enormous changes took place in what was to become the continental United States. To help students understand this sweep of history, this unique resource provides detailed description and expert analysis of the ten most important events through the seventeenth century: First Encounters, c. 40,000 BCE - 1492 AD; The Expedition of Coronado, 1540-1542; The Founding of St. Augustine, 1565; Early English Colonization Efforts, c. 1584-1630; Early European-Native American Encounters, 1607-1637; The Introduction of Slavery into America, 1619; The Surrender of New Amsterdam, 1664; King Philip's War, 1675-1676; The Glorious Revolution in America, 1688-1689; and The Salem Witch Trials, 1692. Each event is dealt with in a separate chapter. The examination goes beyond traditional textbook treatment of history by considering the immediate and far-reaching ramifications of each event. Each chapter features an introductory essay that presents the facts of the event in a clear, chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. This essay is followed by an interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field in a style designed to appeal to a general readership and promote critical thinking, that places the event in a broader context and assesses it in terms of its political, economic, sociocultural, and international significance.

With an illustration and an annotated bibliography for each event, a glossary of names, events, and terms of the period, a timeline of important events in American history through the seventeenth century, Events That Changed America Through the Seventeenth Century is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading in social studies and American history courses.

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Ten essays offer academic interpretations of the significance of ten events shaping early US history. Appends a glossary and a timeline from the First peoples' migration to the New World to the 1692 Salem witch trials. Illustrations include a replica of Columbus' , a period sketch of the 1565 founding of St. Augustine, and the arrival of the first African slaves in 1619. Suitable for high school and undergraduate levels. The editors teach history at Indiana U. Southeast. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

JOHN E. FINDLING is professor of history at Indian University Southeast.

FRANK W. THACKERAY is professor of history at Indiana University Southeast. He is the author of Antecedents of Revolution: Tsar Alexander I and the Polish Congress Kingdom (1980). With John E. Findling he is the editor of Statesmen Who Changed the World (Greenwood, 1993) and the other volumes in the Events That Changed America and Events That Changed the World series. He and Professor Findling are also series editors of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series. Professor Thackeray is a former Fulbright scholar in Poland.

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Table of Contents

Preface

First Encounters, c. 40,000 BCE - 1492 CE

The Expedition of Coronado, 1540-1542

The Founding of St. Augustine, 1565

Early English Colonization Efforts, c. 1584-1630

Early European-Native American Encounters, 1607-1637

The Introduction of Slavery into America, 1619

The Surrender of New Amsterdam, 1664

King Philip's War, 1675-1676

The Glorious Revolution in America, 1688-1689

The Salem Witch Trials, 1692

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Timeline

Index

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