In American Colonies award-winning historian Alan Taylor challenges the traditional Anglocentric focus of colonial history by exploring the multitude of cultural influences out of which "America" ultimately emerged. From the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait fifteen thousand years ago & the European expeditions of the seventeenth & eighteenth centuries through the nineteenth-century exploration & occupation of the Hawaiian Islands, Taylor traces the complex ecological, ethnic, & economic history & colonization of the New World from coast to coast, from the Canadian north to the Pacific rim. Examining the repeatedly overlooked influence of the continent's natives upon the colonists & the resulting mutual dependence of the two, Taylor presents a unique & revelatory view of colonial North America. European colonists, African slaves, & native peoples met one another & interacted at a pace & intensity unparalleled in global history. The effects of this staggering confluence of cultural, ecological, military, diplomatic, & economic interests are still being felt in America today. This fascinating & involving history of the origins of the United States will provoke & appeal to all readers of American history.Taylor, Alan is the author of 'American Colonies' with ISBN 9780670872824 and ISBN 0670872822.