Provincial America, 1690-1740

Provincial America, 1690-1740

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Provincial America, 1690-1740

Provincial America, 1690-1740

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To the period between 1689 and 1740 has been applied the term "The Forgotten Half-Century." Most of the writers on colonial history in detail give special attention to the seventeenth century, the period of upbuilding; and the general historians like Bancroft and Hildreth sweep rather lightly over the epoch between the English Revolution and the forerunnings of the American Revolution. In distributing the parts of The American Nation, this period has been selected for especial treatment, because within it are to be found the roots of many later institutions and experiences.

The external side of provincial history, especially in its relations with France, has been reserved for Thwaites's France in America (vol. VII. of this series), except so far as it affected the internal development of the colonies previous to 1713. Space is thus available for a constitutional treatment which shall bring out the general imperial system of Great Britain, the organs and methods of colonial control, and the principles of domestic government in America; and to put the subject in a proper relation with the economic and social life of the time.

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