West of the Revolution

West of the Revolution

An Uncommon History of 1776

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In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, the Continental Congress declared independence, and Washington crossed the Delaware. We are familiar with these famous moments in American history, but we know little about the extraordinary events occurring that same year far beyond the British colonies. In this distinctive history, Claudio Saunt tells an intriguing, largely untold story of an immense and restless continent connected in surprising ways.In that pivotal year, the Spanish established the first European colony in San Francisco and set off a cataclysm for the region’s native residents. The Russians pushed into Alaska in search of valuable sea otters, devastating local Aleut communities. And the British extended their fur trade from Hudson Bay deep into the continent, sparking an environmental revolution that transformed America’s boreal forests.While imperial officials in distant Europe maneuvered to control lands they knew almost nothing about, America's indigenous peoples sought their own advantage. Creek Indians navigated the Caribbean to explore trade with Cuba. The Osages expanded their dominion west of the Mississippi River, overwhelming the small Spanish outposts in the area. And the Sioux advanced across the Dakotas. One traditional Sioux history states that they first seized the Black Hills, the territory they now consider their sacred homeland, in 1776. "Two nations were born that year," Saunt writes. The native one would win its final military victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn one hundred years later.From the Aleutian Islands to the Gulf Coast and across the oceans to Europe’s imperial capitals, Saunt’s masterfully researched narrative reveals an interconnected web of history that spans not just the forgotten parts of North America but the entire globe.Richly illustrated, with maps that reenvision a familiar landscape, West of the Revolution explores a turbulent continent in a year of many revolutions.
This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfoldingthat year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.

Baker & Taylor
Details the other revolutions during 1776, including the reaction of the native residents of San Francisco in the wake of the first European settlement there and the devastation of the Aleutian Islands by the Russians' hunt for sea otters.

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The year 1776 was a momentous one for American history: Thomas Paine published Common Sense, independence was declared by the Continental Congress, and George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River. That segment of history is considered common knowledge. But Saunt takes another, far different tack. He traces the history, the people, and the events that took place far to the west of the American colonies. Those stories include the establishment of the first European colony by Spain, the Russian search for sea otters in Alaska, but British at Hudson Bay and beyond. But he also shares the stories of native Americans and their efforts to take advantage of the opportunities of trade and territorial expansion of their own. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Details the other revolutions during 1776, including the reaction of the native residents of San Francisco in the wake of the first European settlement there and the devastation of the Aleutian Islands by the Russians' hunt for sea otters. 13,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240207
0393240207
Branch Call Number: 973.31 SAU 2014
Characteristics: 283 pages cm
Alternative Title: Uncommon history of 1776

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Bill_R
Nov 12, 2014

Excellent read for perspective on the early phases of globalization during the American revolution by looking at what was happening in the other 96% of North America. Britain, Spain, France and Russia were vying for control by planting the first few understaffed missions, trading posts and forts. The Indians still dominated the landscape and ran continent-wide trade networks, such as using their local monopoly on transport, food, shelter and manpower to frustrate the Hudson's Bay Company. Fascinating interaction of economics and politics by all the people involved as valuable beaver and sea otter pelts traveled the world.

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