The American Colonies

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American Colonies
by Alan Taylor


In this book Taylor examines the complex mix of peoples, events, and influences in the diverse American colonies

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Love and Hate in Jamestown:
John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation

by David A. Price

informative book on the colony of Jamestown

British citizens settled the colonies in North America for the most part. The first colony, at Roanoke, was a mysterious failure. The first successful colony was at Jamestown, Virginia. By 1700 there were the thirteen colonies which became The United States and British possessions in Canada. The 13 colonies were inhabited by 250,000 people who considered themselves English. The free men considered themselves entitled to an Englishman's rights. Women of course had diminished rights, and slaves none at all.

Values of independence and self-reliance were there almost from the beginning. The colonies were sparsely populated compared to Europe and were made up mostly of small farmers (with a few large planters) and merchants who prided themselves on their independent spirit. Each colony considered itself independent of the other colonies, and preferred a loose tie to Britain.

There was peace between the American Colonies and the mother country as long as Great Britain left them alone.



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1755 Map of the American Colonies - Primary Source

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