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European Empires in the American South
Colonial and Environmental Encounters

Edited by Joseph P. Ward

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 4 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, 1 table, bibliography, index

9781496812193 Printed casebinding $70.00S

Case studies of Spanish, British, and French imperial ambitions

Contributions by Allison Margaret Bigelow, Denise I. Bossy, Alejandra Dubcovsky, Alexandre Dubé, Kathleen DuVal, Jonathan Eacott, Travis Glasson, Christopher Morris, Robert Olwell, Joshua Piker, and Joseph P. Ward

European Empires in the American South examines the process of European expansion into a region that has come to be known as the American South. After Europeans began to cross the Atlantic with confidence, they interacted for three hundred years with one another, with the native people of the region, and with enslaved Africans in ways that made the South a significant arena of imperial ambition. As such, it was one of several similarly contested regions around the Atlantic basin. Without claiming that the South was unique during the colonial era, these essays make clear the region's integral importance for anyone seeking to shed new light on the long-term process of global social, cultural, and economic integration.

For those who are curious about how the broad processes of historical change influenced particular people and places, the contributors offer key examples of colonial encounter. This volume includes essays on all three imperial powers, Spain, Britain, and France, and their imperial projects in the American South. Engaging profitably--from the European perspective at least-- with Native Americans proved key to these colonial schemes. While the consequences of Indian encounters with European invaders have long remained a principal feature of historical research, this volume advances and expands knowledge of Native Americans in the South amid the Atlantic World.

Joseph P. Ward, Logan, Utah, is a historian of England, and especially of London, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His books include Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy: Londoners and Provincial Reform in Early Modern England and, with Robert O. Bucholz, London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550-1750. He is dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 4 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, 1 table, bibliography, index