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For courses in Colonial American History

A story of interaction and adaptation in the Atlantic world.
Colonial America in an Atlantic World presents the story of interaction and adaptation among the peoples of four continents that resulted in the development of the North American region that became the United States. Authors T.H. Breen and Timothy Hall discuss the social, political, environmental, and cultural processes set in motion by European exploration and settlement, and cover the sometimes-overlooked contributions of Native Americans and Africans to Atlantic history. Expanded to include a new, three-chapter section on the American Revolution, the second edition traces Atlantic history right up through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Table of contents

PART I — CREATING AN ATLANTIC WORLD: THREE WORLDS MEET
1. Origins of an Atlantic World
2. Trade and Violence in an Emerging Atlantic World, 1500—1625

PART II — THE CONTEST FOR SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY SETTLEMENT
3. Winners and Losers on the Tobacco Coast, 1607—1660
4. Sugar, Slaves, and Profits: The English Contest for a Caribbean Empire
5. Cities on a Hill: Bible Commonwealths in New England, 1620—1660
6. England’s Quest for a Commercial Empire
7. Conflict, Transformation, Realignment

PART III — PROVINCES IN A CONTESTED EMPIRE: THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
8. Empires of Guns and Goods: North America at the Opening of the Eighteenth Century
9. Shifting Borderlands: Migrations in Eighteenth-Century America
10. The Anglicization of Provincial America
11. Slavery and Empire: African American Cultures in the Colonial British
12. Imperial Competition for the American Market

PART IV — AN INDEPENDENT AMERICA IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD

13. Colonial Alienation within the British Empire
14. Crucible of Liberty: Varieties of Independence in the Revolutionary War
15. Independence in an Atlantic World

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