Section Information for Spring 2017
European exploration and colonization of the Americas marked the beginning of a new era in the history of four continents. As people, microbes, goods, and ideas circulated throughout this newly connected world, they created new patterns of conflict, experience, and community in Europe and Africa as well as the Americas. This course concentrates on the North American dimensions of this larger process from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. We will examine the multiple efforts to establish European settlements in North America, the social and political evolution of the various English colonies and their integration into a larger British Empire, the effects of colonization on native peoples and their efforts to adapt to and shape the new world in which they found themselves, the rise of slavery in North America and the experiences of Africans and their descendants in America, and the eighteenth-century political, cultural, and social developments that shaped the coming of the American Revolution.