Colonial US

History 121A

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2P
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  • This course explores the history of the Americas from the age of Columbus to the era of the Seven Years War, 1756-63.  We will take an integrative and comparative approach to understanding the transformation of South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean in this roughly 250-year period, examining the indigenous societies of the hemisphere, the sources and patterns of European overseas expansion, and the developing connections between Europe, West Africa, and the Americas.  Topics for discussion will include the demographic and ecological changes brought on by migration, disease, and conquest, the transformation of indigenous societies and the development of new “settler” societies and economies, the rise of the slave trade and the plantation complex, the development of hybrid religious cultures, the growth and expansion of European empires in the Americas and inter-imperial warfare.