The Thirteen Colonies

The Thirteen Colonies

by Louis B. Wright

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If the origin of the colonial period was accidental, the ending was not. The representatives of the thirteen colonies who approved the Declaration of Independence in 1776 charted a collision course, aware of the obstacles in their path and the risks they were taking.

The events that led to their decision took place over a period of nearly 300 years. Looking back, the wonder is that it culminated so quickly. For a century after its discovery, the New World was little more than a lode to be mined by adventurers seeking profits. It wasn't until the end of the sixteenth century that serious efforts were made to establish permanent colonies. Even then, the perils of the journey and threats of starvation inhibited settlement.

But settlers gradually came, spurred, in part, by the fear of religious persecution, but above all, drawn by the hope of owning land. They were a mixed lot: English Separatists from Leiden, French Huguenots, Dutch burghers, Mennonite peasants from the Rhine Valley, and a few gentleman Anglicans. But they shared a quality of toughness.

Here is their story from award-winning historian Louis B. Wright.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150318397
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,187
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Historian Louis B. Wright is the author of numerous books, including Shakespeare's England.

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The Thirteen Colonies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good history of the development of American ideals. In this day, the reading is useful thought
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Great Read from American Heritage There's so much about the Thirteen Colonies that I never knew. I highly recommend this book to American history buffs.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting background on the formation of the Thirteen colonis and how they came to unite . Ends just prior to the Revoluntionary War. A must read for anyone who wants the facts.
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Sandragon More than 1 year ago
If you have trouble sleeping, this is the book for you. The author jumps all over the place with names and dates. I felt like I was the ball in a Ping Pong game. There is quite a bit of information in this 299 page book, but honestly, I've read more interesting text books.