The European Struggle to Settle North America

Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521–1608

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About the Book

This history of early European colonial efforts in North America (specifically, the portion north of Mexico and the Caribbean) examines why three colonies-St. Augustine, Jamestown and Québec-succeeded where many before them had failed. Chapters cover Columbus’ exploration and the Treaty of Tordesillas; other Spanish explorers and settlements in the New World; French attempts at settlement prior to Québec; early English settlements, including Roanoke; failed settlements dating to the Norse enclaves on Greenland; and in-depth studies of the three colonies that survived.

About the Author(s)

Margaret F. Pickett is co-director of Pickett Educational Resources and was a living history interpreter for the National Park Service at Historic Jamestowne for ten years. She lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Dwayne W. Pickett is an historical archaeologist and the author of numerous articles. As co-director of Pickett Educational Resources he has developed several programs to teach the principles of archaeology and historical research. He lives in Bluffton.

Bibliographic Details

Margaret F. Pickett and Dwayne W. Pickett
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, 8 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5932-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6221-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Authors’ Note      ix
Preface and Acknowledgments      1
Introduction      3

1. The Beginning      7
2. Spanish Colonization Efforts      17
3. French Colonization Efforts      47
4. St. Augustine      84
5. English Colonization Efforts      98
6. Jamestown      129
7. Acadia—The French Return to Canada      149
8. Québec      168
9. The Failed Settlements      184
10. The Three Settlements That Survived      198
11. Conclusion      222

Chapter Notes      231
Bibliography      245
Index      249

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Choice.