This course surveys the major themes and developments in the colonization of America from first contact until the late 18th-century Age of Revolution. It will take an “Atlantic” approach, comparing the motives, organization and evolution of colonial empires as they competed with each other, Native Americans, and fomented internal dissension in an effort to secure wealth and power. The course concludes with an in-depth examination of how the British Empire achieved a fragile pre-eminence by the mid-18th century, and how that pre-eminence set the stage for the Age of Revolution. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / Atlantic World Survey