Welcome to HIST 450. This course is designed to provide
advanced students with an in-depth exposure to the colonial period
in American history. The colonial period includes: the history of
North America’s indigenous peoples before and through initial
contact with Europeans; the establishment of European empires in
North America; the early settlements; the growth large settler
colonies by men and women from England; and the political, economic,
social, religious, and cultural development of the colonies during
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Our studies in this class
will examine in particular the experiences of these English colonies
in relating to the sizeable indigenous communities they bordered, as
well as their relations with the neighboring French and Spanish
empires. We will also examine the differences between the various
English colonies; the different experiences colonists had because of
gender, occupation, education, and social status. We will also
explore the vital role in the colonial experience played by peoples
from Africa and of African descent, most of whom were held as slaves
throughout this period.
Sophomore classification is a prerequisite
for this class. Additionally, it is strongly recommended
that students in this class have taken HIST 221, the Survey of
United States History I.
Remember to use Chicago Style for
the Review Essay and 495 assignments.
to Chicago Style.