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Dictionary of British America, 1584-1783 by Mary K. Geiter, William Speck

Dictionary of British America, 1584-1783



Dictionary of British America, 1584-1783 by Mary K. Geiter, William Speck

Did you know that:- the thirteen colonies which became the USA were not the most valuable British possessions in America?- Georgia was not the thirteenth but the fourteenth British colony in North America?- despite the claims in the Declaration of Independence, George III was not a tyrant?Information on these facts, and many many more, can be found in this fascinating and helpful A-Z guide. Colonial America's key events and personalities - from the first expedition to Roanoke Island in 1584 to the conclusion of the War of Independence - are readily accessible in this invaluable dictionary. Mary K. Geiter and W. A. Speck set the thirteen colonies which became the United States in an Atlantic context, dealing not only with the thirteen but also with Britain's other colonies in North America and the West Indies. The imperial connection is stressed too with entries on British monarchs and politicians, admirals and generals, Acts of Parliament and European wars which impacted on the American colonies. Also featuring a Select Bibliography and full Chronology to aid learning, this wide-ranging, clear and authoritative text is an essential reference for students, scholars and anyone with an interest in British America.


'A splendid compilation, which will be a great help to students of colonial and revolutionary North America.' - Stephen Conway, University College London, UK 'The narrative is clear and concise. The entries for the Coercive Acts and Navigation Acts give a particularly succinct view of complex maters.' - Norman Desmarais, Reference Reviews'

About the Author

MARY K. GEITER has taught at the Colleges of Ripon and York St John, UK, the University of Leeds, the University of Maryland University College and the University of Massachusetts Summer Seminar in Trinity College, Oxford; and in the USA at Portland State University, Bloomsburg University and Immaculata College, Pennsylvania.W. A. SPECK has also taught at universities in both Britain and America, including Newcastle, Hull, Leeds and the University of Massachusetts Summer Seminar; and Iowa, Portland State and the College of William and Mary. He is currently Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leeds, UK, and Special Professor in English at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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Publication date

20th July 2007


Mary K. Geiter, William Speck

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


240 pages


History of the Americas
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
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