Over the last few decades, scholars have enlivened and transformed the field of colonial history. Rather than scouring the colonial era in order to pinpoint the embryonic origins of various elements of the American character, or to better understand the mettle and goals of the revolutionary generation, historians have adopted an Atlantic perspective that emphasizes the connectedness of the societies bordering on the Atlantic Ocean, and the dynamic interactions—trade, migration, negotiation, competition, and conflict—that transformed and shaped the regions and peoples who came into regular contact from the late fifteenth century onward. ...

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