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For the first time, a comprehensive reference resource pulls together a vast amount of material on this rich historical era and presents it in a balanced treatment that offers hard-to-find facts and detailed information. This volume is the first encyclopedic account of the United States' colonial military experience. It features 650 essays by more than 130 historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, and other scholarly experts on a variety of topics that cover all of colonial America's diverse peoples. In addition to wars, battles, and treaties, analytical essays explore the diplomatic and military history of over 50 Native American groups, as well as Dutch, English, French, Spanish, and Swiss colonies. It's the first source to consult for the political activities of an Indian nation, the details about the disposition of forces in a battle, or the significance of a fort to its size, location, and strength. Clearly, in addition to its reference capabilities, the book's detailed material is highlyuseful to students as a supplementary text and as a handy source for reporters and papers.
TheEncyclopedia begins with the Spanish conquistadors and ends with Pontiac's War in 1763. It explores topics as diverse as the Spanish mission system, privateering, captivity narratives, African American soldiers, medical services, sea laws, and armed confrontations with no European participants. More than 140 biographical sketches complement hundreds of essays on forts and geopolitically significant locales. Numerous maps and a detailed timeline of over 200 entries pinpoint dates, places, and locations. Ranging from Maine to Alaska and from New Mexico to Florida, with numerous excursions to Canada and the Caribbean, this information-packed Encyclopedia is destined to become the standard quick-reference work on colonial American history.
TheEncyclopedia provides easy access to information that is difficult to find and often unavailable in ordinary reference sources. Its wide geographical coveragehelps filling gray areas in our understanding of key historical events as it covers topics that often are little more than footnotes in traditional histories. In-depth essays on major wars and conflicts draw on both primary and secondary sources to provide focused and comprehensive accounts. All of the New England and British expeditions against Canada, and many of the international colonial conflicts are included, with an extensive bibliography and copious cross-referencing to help researchers. The book's comprehensiveness and accessibility make it a valuable addition to every school library, as well as a ready teaching tool in the classroom.