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American Colonial Era 1660-1763 The growth of North American colonies, often with a change in native & national control.

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Pre-Seven Years' War Books

My historical interests have been shifting further back in time, from the Seven Years' War period to the early colonial era of the 17th century. All of my reading lately has been devoted to this period of the formation of the European colonies in North America and the early conflicts of the 17th century and early 18th century. So I thought I'd start a thread to list some of the better books I've read covering this era, and see if anyone else has some suggestions. Please list any books you've come across that you thought were particularly good. Here's my list:

1676: The End of American Independence by Stephen Saunders Webb.



Champlain's Dream: The European Founding of North America
by David H. Fischer.


The Pequot War by Alfred A. Cave.



Flintlock and Tomahawk: New England in King Philip's War
by Douglas Edward Leach.



King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias.


Diary of King Philip's War, 1675-76
by Benjamin Church.

The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson.

Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield
by Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney.


Your Fyre Shall Burn no More: Iroquois Policy toward New France and Its Native Allies to 1701 by Jose A. Brandao.
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"Champlain's Dream" is an excellent book.

"Law and People in Colonial America" (Peter Charles Hoffer)
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Yes, Fischer has delivered another very good book with "Champlain's Dream."

"Law and People in Colonial America" looks interesting.
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Seeds of Discontent: The Deep Roots of the American Revolution 1650-1750 by J. Revell Carr

Very good, but focus mainly on the "American" colonists
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Good study of pre 1750 period in colonies that became US.
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Thanks for the recommendations. They all look like good reads.
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I've been doing a bit of reading on New Netherland lately:

Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World by Douglas Hunter.


A Description of New Netherland by Adriaen van der Donck.


The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto.


Explorers, Fortunes and Love Letters


Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664 by Janny Venema.
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Another one on New Netherland:

Before Albany: An Archaeology of Native-Dutch Relations in the Capital Region 1600-1664


And a couple more on New England:

John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father by Francis Bremer.


Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
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The Fox Wars
The Mesquakie Challenge to New France
By R. David Edmunds and Joseph L. Peyser

I read this book a little while ago being from Wisconsin and found it to be very interesting. It mainly takes place in the early 1700's through the mid 1700's.
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Peter Stuyvesant and his New York: A Biography of a Man and a City by Henry Kessler & Eugene Rachlis.


Conquering the American Wilderness: The Triumph of European Warfare in the Colonial Northeast by Guy Chet.


King Philip's War: Civil War in New England, 1675-1676
by James D. Drake.


Uncas: First of the Mohegans by Michael Leroy Oberg.


New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675 by Alden Vaughan.
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I've come across four books that might be of interest.

The following two go from Elizabethan/Stuart times and beyond the American Revolution and tend to have a global and/or Atlantic perspective,

Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many-headed Hydra. Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

Miles Ogburn, Global Lives. Britain and the World, 1550-1800.

The next two are to do with New England history

Nathaniel Pilbrick, Mayflower. A Voyage to War.

Richard L. Bushman, From Puritan to Yankee. Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 12690-1765.

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Leach also wrote one called 'Arms for Empire' that moves thru the conflicts of the early 18th century. Very interesting on some pretty obscure stuff. chapters on Queen Anne, King William, and King George's wars I found the most interesting.

A very short easy read but full of interesting stuff from the 17th century is D. A. Tisdale's 'Soldiers of the Virginia Colony 1607 - 1699'.

Also, The Governor and the Rebel is a good source on Bacon's Rebellion
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I would like to recommend

Labor in a New Land: Economy and Society in Seventeenth-Century Springfield
By Stephen Innes

This one sounds very dry but it is a quite interesting story of the settling of Springfield, Massachusetts and the influence of the founding family, the Pynchons, their dealings with the Indians and with the common folk who they induced to come and settle.

Ironworks on the Saugus
By E. N. Hartley

This is the story of how the Puritans tried and failed to found an iron industry in New England. It is about business, but it is also a social history of the Lynn, Massachusetts area in Puritan days.

The Red King’s Rebellion: Racial Politics in New England 1675-1678
By Russell Bourne

Another book about King Phillip's War

Mary Dyer: Biography of a Rebel Quaker
By Ruth Plimpton

How many of you know about the Massachusetts Bay Colony's persecution of the Quakers? While this is Mary Dyer's story, it is also the story of the Quakers in New England. I think it is a fascinating story of how the Massachusetts Bay Colony illegally imprisoned some of the Quakers, exiled others and hung a few including Mary Dyer.
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Just finished reading Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History
By Nick Bunker

This is a big, wide-ranging story of the Pilgrims and the times that made them. It goes into personalities, financial matters, and politics. It covers the ending days of Elizabeth I, the reign of James I and the beginnings of Charles I. It goes into a lot of detail of the dealings between the Indians and the Pilgrims. I found it very enjoyable to read, full of lots of little known facts and details. One to pass on to children and grand-children.
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On a related topic - from Columbia University - a web page which has many interesting links on Colonial History and Early American History and American Studies. The page is called, "Useful Resources in American Literature and Culture"

http://www.columbia.edu/~lmg21/bookm...an%20materials
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