Colonial America: A History, 1565 - 1776

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Colonial America: A History, 1565 - 1776

Author: Richard Middleton
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 576
Cover Price: $ 70.00

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Accompanied by maps, contemporary illustrations, chronologies, documents, and a fully updated and expanded bibliography, this comprehensive and readable history of the colonial period offers a fascinating analysis of the evolution of a new and distinctive society. Fully revised and expanded third edition, with an updated bibliography. The book also includes new chapter on the Spanish in Florida, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as an account of the French settlements in Louisiana. Provides dozens of maps, illustrations, chronologies, and documents

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The Spanish were the first ti discover the New World and were given exclusive rights by the Pope to explore and colonize most of its land area. The French were more interested in an empire based on trade than one with large populations of French colonists. Texas was a lightly settled part of Mexico after its independence from Spain, and the influx of American settlers led eventually to its separation and American statehood. The territory of New Mexico was acquired from Mexico by the Treaty of Guadelupe-Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase. The State of Louisiana represents the oldest and at the time most settled portion of the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.