An Empire of Regions is a refreshing interpretation of British American history that demonstrates how the thirteen British mainland colonies grew to function as self-governing entities in distinct regional clusters. In lucid prose, Eric Nellis invites readers to explore the circumstances leading to the colonies' collective defense of their individual interests, and to reevaluate the founding principles of the United States. There is considerable discussion of social conditions and of the British background to the colonies' development. Extensive treatment of slavery, the slave trade, and native populations is provided, while detailed maps illustrate colony boundaries, settlement growth, and the impact of the Proclamation Line. This absorbing and compelling narrative will captivate both newcomers to and enthusiasts of American history.
Eric Nellis is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.
List of Maps and Tables Acknowledgements A Note on Usage Preface Introduction: Many and Varied New Worlds 1. Europe in the Age of Exploration: The Portuguese and Spanish Empires 2. The French and Dutch in North America and the Caribbean Melting Pot 3. The English Colonies in Mainland North America Before 1650 4. The Growth of New England and the Chesapeake: 1650-1700 5. The English Civil War, the Restoration, and the First British Empire in America 6. Transition: Imperial Wars and British Politics 1689-1748 7. The Regions of Colonial America: Northern Society and Politics in the Eighteenth Century 8. The Regions of Colonial America: Society and Politics in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and the South 9. Christian America and the Great Awakening 10. The New Empire and the Revolt of the Colonies, 1748-1776 General Reference Bibliography Index