In Their Own Words: The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North Americaby T. J. Stiles, T. J. Stiles (Editor)
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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