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American Colonies — The Settling of North America

Time Traveller’s Book Club is free for Museum Friends. Join Friends today to take part. We are inviting comments on this book from 29 June 2020.

By Alan Taylor, Penguin, 2003

This is a sweeping history of North America before 1770 and the American War of Independence.

Taylor’s book transcends the usual Anglo-centric version of America’s colonial past. It explores the contribution of Native Americans and African slaves.

It moves beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, including the rival colonies of France, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia.

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