Useful information about many of the primary sources contained
in this bibliography can be found in the following essays: Richard Dunn's survey of seventeenth-century historians of America
in James M. Smith, ed., Seventeenth-Century America
(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959); Jarvis M. Morse comprehensive treatment of the first English accounts of North America in American Beginnings: Highlights and Sidelights of the Birth of the New
( Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1952); David Cressy
analysis of early descriptions of New England in Coming Over: Migration and Communication between England and New England in the Seventeenth Century
( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), chap.
Louis B. Wright discussion of early promotional literature in Religion and Empire: The Alliance between Piety and Commerce in English
(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina
| Abbot, George. A briefe description of the whole world. London, 1599, repr. 1656.|
| Acosta, José de. Historia natural y moral de las Indias.
Seville, 1590. Tr.
. The naturall and morall historie of the East and West Indies. London, 1604.|
| Alexander, Sir William. An Encouragement To Colonies. London, 1624.|