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HIST 4405 Colonial North America (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course covers the history of North America during the era of European colonization, roughly 1550-1800. Our focus is the process of colonization itself: the attempts by various Europeans to build new communities and societies. We begin with exploration and analyze the rationale behind colonization. The course will compare Spanish, French, English, Dutch, and Russian colonial projects, examining how colonists dealt with each other, their native and African neighbors, and the North American environment. Our task is to examine how all these peoples created a new world that was neither European nor American, but an odd hybrid of several cultures.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Owen Stanwood

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 19-Feb-16