The Forgotten History of America: Little-Known Conflicts of Lasting Importance From the Earliest Colonists to the Eve of the Revolutio

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Fair Winds Press, Oct 1, 2008 - History - 304 pages
Relive the Clashes that Shaped Colonial America

Today Americans remember 1776 as the beginning of an era. A nation was born, commencing a story that continues to this day and that we ourselves are a part of. But the War of Independence also marked the end of another era‚€”one in which many nations, Native American and European, had struggled for control of a vast and formidable wilderness. That saga, though separated from us now by a gulf of time that makes it seem strange and even alien, was the history out of which our own emerged.

This book returns to that long-ago age, traveling through land that now forms part of the United States but that once knew a reality in which the clash between America‚€™s first peoples and the newcomers from Europe was still new. Focusing on events that are all but forgotten today, author Cormac O‚€™Brien‚€™s masterful storytelling reveals how actors as diverse as Spanish conquistadores, Puritan ministers, Amerindian sachems, mercenary soldiers, and ordinary farmers traded and clashed across a landscape of constant, often violent, change‚€”and how these dramatic moments, though largely lost to memory, helped to shape the very world around us.

From the founding of the first permanent European settlement in North America (1565) to the bloody chaos of the British frontier in Pontiac‚€™s War (1763), this vividly written narrative spans the two centuries of American history before the Revolutionary War. These lesser-known conflicts of the past are brought brilliantly to life, showing us a world of heroism, brutality, and tenacity‚€”and also showing us how deep the roots of our own time truly run. Illustrated with more than 100 archival images.

 

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Contents

Introduction
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Spain Plants the First Permanent European Settlement in North America 1565
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Puritan New Englands First Major Warand a Harbinger of Things to Come 1687
47
The First Female Defendant of the New World Tests the Tolerances
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The Five Nations Invade the West and Solidify an Iroquoian Empire 1654
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The English Steal a Colony and Gain a Metropolis 1664
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One Indian Sachem Ignites a Conflict That Changes New England Forever 1675
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Race War and Naked Ambition Ignite the Virginia Frontier 1676
141
A Costly Colonial War Nearly Wipes South Carolina from the Map 17151716
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Scalp Hunting in New Hampshire Spawns an Enduring American Legend 1725
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America Strikes a Blow for Britanniaand Draws Further Away from the Empire 1745 xi6
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A Novice Named Washington Helps Spark a World War 1754 131
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Victory Against All Odds Marks the Swan Song of New France 1758 147
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Americas Founding Ranger Makes History with a Dubious Enterprise 1759 T
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Select Bibliography 191
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Copyright

Bostonians Forcefully Reject the Royal Prerogative in New England1689
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About the author (2008)

Cormac O‚€™Brienis the author ofThe Forgotten History of AmericaandSecret Lives of the U.S. Presidents, among other books. He has been a featured speaker at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and a regular guest on National Public Radio. He lives inNew Jersey.

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