Synopses & Reviews
This book provides a comparative perspective of the impact of early European colonization on the native peoples of the Americas. It covers the character of the indigenous cultures before contact, and then addresses the impact of—and creative ways in which they adapted to—the establishment of colonies by the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English. Paying attention to environmental change, the book considers such issues as the nature of military conflicts, the cultural and material contributions of each side to the other, the importance of economic exchanges, and the demographic transformation. For individuals interested in the history of colonial America, colonial Latin America, and the American Indian.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-193) and index.
Table of Contents
1. The Native Societies of the Americas before Contact.
2. The Coming of Humans to the Americas and the Agricultural Revolution.
3. The Conquests and Initial Establishment of Colonies in Latin America.
4. Colonial Spanish America and Its Impact on the Sedentary Imperial Societies.
5. Native Response to Settlement in the East and Southwest in North America.
6. The British and the Indians of Eastern North America.
7. Spanish and Portuguese Interactions with Tribal Peoples.
8. Enduring Connections between the New World and the Old.