Description: No era in American history has been more fascinating to Americans, or more critical to the ultimate destiny of the United States, than the colonial era. Between the time the first European settlers established a colony at Jamestown in 1607 through the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the outlines of America's distinctive political culture, economic system, social life, and cultural patterns had begun to emerge.
Designed to complement the high school American history curriculum as well as undergraduate survey courses, Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History captures it all: the people, institutions, ideas, events, and the creation of the first three hundred years of American history. While it focuses on the thirteen British colonies stretching along the Atlantic, Colonial America sets this history in its larger contexts. Entries also cover Canada, the American Southwest and Mexico, and the Caribbean and Atlantic world directly impacting the history of the thirteen colonies. This encyclopedia explores the complete early history of what would become the United States, including portraits of Native American life in the immediate pre-contact period, early Spanish exploration, and the first settlements by Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and English colonists.
Including major thematic essays, hundreds of easy-to-reference entries, thematic and regional chronologies, numerous primary documents, plus hundreds of illustrations, this monumental five-volume set brings America's colonial heritage vibrantly to life for today's readers.
Bacon, Nathaniel; Bacon's Rebellion; Baltimore; Banks and banking; Baptists; Barbados; Bartram Family; Bathing and hygiene; Beaver Wars; Berkeley, Sir William; Bermuda; Bible; Board of Trade; Boone, Daniel; Borderlands, Spanish; Boston; Boston Massacre; Boston Port Bill; Boston Tea Party; Braddock, Edward; Bradford, William; Bradstreet, Anne; Brant, Joseph; Brant, Mary; Brent, Margaret; Bunker Hill, Battle of
Cabot, John; Cabrillo, Juan Rodriguez; California; Calvert, Cecilius; Calvert, George; Calvinism; Canada; Canary Islands; Cape Cod; Captivity (Indian); Caribbean Sea; Caribes; Carteret, Sir George; Cartier, Jacques; Catholic Church; Cayugas; Champlain, Samuel de; Charles I; Charles II; Charles V; Charleston; Cherokees; Chesapeake; Chickasaw; Child-rearing; Children; Choctaws; Christ; Cities; Class; Clocks and time-keeping; Clothing; Coercive Acts; Coffee; Columbian exchange; Columbus, Christopher; Common Sense ; Connecticut; Connecticut River; Constantinople, Fall of; Continental Congress (First); Continental Congress (Second); Coode's Rebellion; Copley, John Singleton; Corn; Coronado, Francisco Vasquez de; Correspondence Committees; Cotton; Cotton, John; Covenants; Creeks; Crime; Cromwell, Oliver; Cuba; Cumberland Gap; Currency; Currency Act
Dartmouth, Lord; Daughters of Liberty; De Soto, Hernan; Death and dying; Debt and debtor's prison; Deism; Delaware; Delaware Indians; Delaware River; Detroit; Dickinson, John; Diplomacy (Foreign Affairs); Disease; Dominicans; Dulany, Daniel Jr.; Dulany, Daniel Sr.; Dunmore, Lord; Dutch; Dutch West India Company
East India Company; Edict of Nantes, revocation of; Education; Education, higher; Edwards, Jonathan; Elizabeth I; English; English Civil War; Enlightenment; Environment and Nature; Equiano, Olaudah; Erie Indians; Exploration
Family; Ferdinand and Isabella; Fish and Fisheries; Florida; Food and diet; Fort Duquesne; Fort Orange; Fortifications; Franciscans; Franklin, Benjamin; Franklin, William; Free blacks; French; French and Indian War; Furnishings; Furs
Gage, Thomas; Gambling; George I; George II; George III; Georgia; Germans; Glorious Revolution; God; Gorges, Ferdinando; Government, Spanish colonial; Grain; Great Awakening; Great Lakes; Green Mountain Boys; Grenville, George
Hakluyt, Richard; Halifax; Hamilton, Alexander; Hancock, John; Harriot, Thomas; Harvard College; Henry, Patrick; Hispaniola; Hooker, Thomas; Hopi; Horses; House of Burgesses; Housing; Hudson River; Hudson, Henry; Huguenots; Humboldt, Alexander von; Huron; Hutchinson, Anne; Hutchinson, Thomas
Immigration; Indentured servitude; Indigo; Inheritance; Inns and taverns (public houses); Iron; Iroquois Confederation
Jamaica; James I; James II; Jamestown; Jay, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Jesuits; Jews; Johnson, Sir William; Joint-stock companies; Jolliet, Louis
Kentucky; Kieft's War; King George's War; King Philip's War; King's College; Kitchens, Colonial
La Salle, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de; Laborers, rural; Laborers, urban; Land and real estate; Landlords; Language; Las Casas, Bartolome de; Law and Courts; Lee, Richard Henry; Leisler, Jacob; Lexington and Concord, battles of; Libraries; Literature; Livestock; Locke, John; Long Island; Louis XIV; Louisiana; Loyalists
Maine; Malaria; Manufacturing; Maps and surveys; Marquette, Jacques; Marriage and Divorce; Mary, Queen; Maryland; Massachusetts; Massachusetts Bay; Massachusetts Bay Charter; Massachusetts Bay Colony; Massasoit; Mather, Cotton; Mather, Increase; Maya; Mayflower Compact; Menendez de Aviles, Pedro; Mercantilism; Merchants; Methodist Church; Mexico City; Militias; Ministers and the ministry; Missions; Mississippi River; Mohawk; Mohegan; Montcalm, Louis-Joseph; Montreal; Murray, Judith Sargent; Music
Natchez; Native American slavery; Native American-African relations; Native American-European Conflict; Native American-European Relations; Native Americans; Navajos; Navigation Acts; Navy, British; Negro Election Day; New Amsterdam; New Bern; New England, Dominion of; New Hampshire; New Haven; New Jersey; New Mexico; New Netherland; New Orleans; New Spain; New York; New York City; Newfoundland; Newport; newspapers and journals; North Carolina; North, Lord; Northwest Passage
Of Plymouth Plantation ; Oglethorpe, James; Ohio Country; Oliver, Andrew; Onandagas; Onate, Juan de; Oneida; Opechancanough; Orphans; Otis, James; Ottawa
Paine, Thomas; Patriots; Patroons; Paxton Boys; Peddlers; Penn, William; Pennsylvania; Pequots; Philadelphia; Philip II; Philip, King (Metacom); Piedmont; Pietism; Pilgrims; Piracy; Pitt, William; Plantations; Planters; Plymouth; Pocahantas; Pontiac; Poor Richard's Almanac ; Population and Demographics; Portsmouth; Potomac River; Powhatan; Powhatan Confederacy; Praying towns; Precious Metals; Presbyterianism; Prisons and punishment; Proclamation of 1763; Property and property rights; Prostitution; Providence; Pueblos; Puerto Rico; Puritanism
Quakers; Quebec Act; Quebec City; Queen Anne's War; Quincy, Josiah Jr.
Raleigh, Sir Walter; Reading and literacy; Reformation; Regulators; Religions, African; Religions, Native American; Revere, Paul; Revolutionary War; Rhode Island; Rice; Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved ; Riots; Roanoke colony; Rolfe, John; Rowlandson, Mary; Royal African Company; Rush, Benjamin
Saint Augustine; Saint-Domingue; Salem; Santa Fe; Satan; Savannah; Science; Scots-Irish; Seminoles; Senecas; Sermons; Serra, Fray Junipero; Servants, domestic; Sex; Shakers; Ship stores; Sint Eustatius; Slave communities and culture; Slave rebellions; Slave trade; Slavery (African American); Slavery, Caribbean; Small pox; Smith, John; Sons of Liberty; South Carolina; Sports and recreation; Squanto; St. Kitts; St. Lawrence River; St. Louis; Stamp Act; Stuyvesant, Peter; Sugar; Sugar Act; Susquehanna; Swedes; Syphilis
Tainos; Taylor, Edward; Tea; Tea Act; Technology; Tenant farming; Tennessee; Texas; Theatre; Tidewater; Tobacco; Tools; Tordesillas, Treaty of; Townshend Acts; Townshend, Charles; Trade; Transporation, water; Transportation, land; Triangle trade; Tuscarora War; Tuscaroras
Vermont; Verrazano, Giovanni; Vespucci, Amerigo; Vikings; Virginia; Virginia Company
War; War of Jenkin's Ear; Warren, Mercy Otis; Washington, George; Weaponry; West, Benjamin; Wheatley, Phyllis; Whitefield, George; Widows and widowers; Wilkes, John; William and Mary; William and Mary, College of; Williams, Roger; Williamsburg; Winslow, Josiah; Winthrop, John; Witchcraft and witch trials; Wolfe, James; Women; Wright, Susanna
Yale College; Yamasee War; Yamasees; Yeomanry
Zenger, John Peter; Zunis
Review(s): "...should be welcome by students of early American history. Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History is a solid contribution and a worthy addition to serious American history reference collections." -- Against the Grain
"...a good source of original materials... this resource provides a sturdy overview of Colonial America; high school, college, and larger public libraries should consider purchasing it..." -- Library Journal
" Colonial America fills a gap in the spectrum of colonial reference sources. ...This is an excellent source for students and other general readers who want to sample a variety of topics or get ideas for paper topics. It is highly recommended for high-school, public, and college libraries." -- Booklist, starred review
"...this is an extremely accessible and readable reference tool... Entries are well written and exceptionally well cross-referenced, and include brief bibliographies. ...A topic guide and general, biographical, and geographical indexes make this encyclopedia a delight to use. ...Highly recommended. Academic libraries supporting lower-/upper-level undergraduates; public and high school libraries serving general readers." -- Choice
"This carefully crafted new offering from award-winning reference publisher M.E. Sharpe is an important contribution to American historiography and will be a welcome addition to all serious collections that support American history programs. Unique in its exceptional depth, this exhaustive five-volume set encompasses nearly two thousand pages as it spans the first three hundred years of the American experience, from 1492 until the American Revolution. Notable highlights of the encyclopedia include thematic and regional chronologies, primary documents, illustrations, thematic essays, historical maps, and a number of thoughtful ancillary features. Designed to complement high school and undergraduate curricula, this set represents a significant achievement that students and interested readers and will appreciate. ..." --
"Packaged in attractive, sturdy bindings using high-quality materials and paper, and unmatched in its depth and scope, Colonial America will undoubtedly serve as the definitive reference encyclopedia for the colonial period in American history for years to come. Thus, it is highly recommended for all high school and undergraduate libraries, and large public libraries serving interested general readers and researchers." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
"...it is very convenient and useful to have such a wide range of subjects available in one set in order to have a more complete understanding of overall life in the colonies." -- American Reference Books Annual, Vol.38