Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640 (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

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9780312096700: Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640 (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

This collection of documents gives twenty-first century readers a glimpse of the time when the possibility of colonizing North America was anything but certain.  Pamphlets, accounts, and engravings from the late sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century capture the process of English colonization from its origins in promotional propaganda to its realization on the shores of North America.

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Peter C. Mancall is a professor of history and anthropology at the University ofSouthern California. Heis also Associate Vice Provost for Research Advancement at theuniversity, andthe director of theUSC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. His scholarly work examines early American history with a particular focus on American Indians, the environment, and economic development. He has been a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and a Mellon Resident Research Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library. He is the author of Valley of Opportunity: Economic Culture along the Upper Susquehanna, 1700-1800 (1991) and the forthcoming Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America."

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"This excellent selection of texts fills an important niche. In a brief yet comprehensive manner, Envisioning America provides students with an understanding of the beginnings of colonization and why the various European nations became interested in founding colonies when they did."

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