The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763

The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763

The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763

The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763

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This volume attempts to give a brief account of the growth of civilization in the thirteen colonies which became the United States. Although bookshelves groan with histories which explain the settlement of the colonies, that complex and fascinating theme is still unexhausted. Fresh research is constantly turning up information which makes reinterpretation necessary and desirable.

The present volume seeks to interpret the political, social, and intellectual development of the colonies in regional groups by providing a succinct narrative of their settlement and progress until they were firmly established. The necessity for compression obviously makes it impossible to give a detailed account of the political history of each colony, but it is hoped that enough is given to suggest the main trends. Since the formative years in each colony determined in a large measure the characteristics and qualities developed in later periods, the main emphasis is placed upon the early history of each regional group. The concluding chapter suggests the later development of the colonies as a whole and indicates the influences which finally brought them into a union opposed to the mother country.

Since the reader, it is hoped, will desire further and more detailed information about various aspects of colonial life, a selected bibliography for each chapter is provided.

The author is indebted to Miss Gracia Manspeaker and Mrs. Ruth Buffington for making the index, and to members of the Huntington Library staff for help in the preparation of the volume.

L.B.W.

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