In Their Own Words: The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North America

In Their Own Words: The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North America

by T. J. Stiles
     
 

From Champlain's daring voyages through Canada to the pious settlements of the Pilgrims and Puritans, from the commercial enterprises of Dutch New Amsterdam to the plantation society of Virginia, the rise of colonial North America emerges in vivid detail in this lively, innovative new history. Historian T.J. Stiles brings to life the dramatic events of the… See more details below

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From Champlain's daring voyages through Canada to the pious settlements of the Pilgrims and Puritans, from the commercial enterprises of Dutch New Amsterdam to the plantation society of Virginia, the rise of colonial North America emerges in vivid detail in this lively, innovative new history. Historian T.J. Stiles brings to life the dramatic events of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, skillfully interweaving his fast-paced narrative with the words of the colonizers themselves. Here are the clashes of empires, as English, French, Dutch, and Spanish battle for land; the friction of customs and beliefs between settlers of various nations; the struggles of dissidents, captives, and slaves; and the experience of the Indian nations -- as victims, conquerors, and allies in the wars of the European kingdoms. From Bacon's Rebellion to the Salem witch trials, from the holocaust of the Hurons to the capture of Quebec, a centry and a half of tumultuous history unfolds here through the words of those who lived it.

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School Library Journal
YA-This series title uses primary-source documents to create an entertaining page-turner with an emphasis on French and British colonies from Canada to South Carolina. The book opens with Champlain's observations of Quebec in New France (1608) and ends with Bougainville's bitter account of French surrender to the British in Canada in 1760. The gripping narratives bring this amazing period to life. The excerpts represent slaves, women, farmers, and scouts, as well as more prominent figures in colonial history. Some of them describe brutal tortures. The distinctions among the colonies are characterized and compared so that readers can see them as individual entities. Stiles then takes readers deeper to show how each colony's demographics, philosophy, leaders, and relations with both Native Americans and Europe impacted on their survival, their future, and the future of North America. A map and an introduction set the geographical and environmental stage on which the drama was played out.-Mary Alice Giarda, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399523908
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
In Their Own Words Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.17(d)

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