Catalogue 2012 - 2013

HIST 250 Colonial America


3 cr.

Course Description

This course examines the people and events that shaped America in the years before the creation of the United States. Because the traditional focus on the English experience overlooks the influential roles of other European nations and indigenous peoples in the process of colonization, we will begin with Columbus's "discovery" of the New World and study Spanish, French, and Dutch influences on America along with the English colonization effort. The role of various Native American societies in shaping colonial America, both as rivals and allies, will also receive extensive attention.