Envisioning America
Second Edition   ©2017

Envisioning America

English Plans for the Colonization of North America

Peter C. Mancall (University of Southern California)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04890-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04890-7; Format: Paper Text, 192 pages

Through a collection of documents and a revised introduction that incorporates updates in scholarship over the past two decades, particularly on the north and environmental history, Peter C. Mancall gives twenty-first century readers a glimpse of the time when the possibility of colonizing North America was anything but certain.  Pamphlets, accounts, and engravings from the late-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century capture the process of English colonization from its origins in promotional propaganda to its realization on the shores of North America. New to this edition is Ferdinando Gorges’ A briefe Relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England, which extends the geographical range of this collection and reminds readers of the difficulties the English experienced in new regions.  An updated chronology and bibliography, along with new Questions for Consideration, further aid students’ understanding of this compelling topic.
“This excellent selection of texts fills an important niche. In a brief yet comprehensive manner, Envisioning America provides students with an understanding of the beginnings of colonization and why the various European nations became interested in founding colonies when they did.”
-Karen Ordahl Kupperman, University of Connecticut