North American Frontiers: The Landscape of Early North America





Early North America was the site of a series of encounters in time and space between Euro-Americans, Native Americans, and Africans in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. This course will look at several landscapes through the lens of these encounters and utilize the material as well as the documentary record. Some examples of these meetings of various people will include Spanish and Pueblo peoples in New Spain; Dutch and Iroquois in the Northeast; French and Huron in New France; English and Algonquian in New England; Chesapeake, African, and English in the Carolinas; and Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone in the Great Basin. Students will consider these encounters as a landscape of expectation and disaster, of warfare and diplomacy, of religion and sexuality. The class will read works by archaeologists and anthropologists, social historians and art historians, including representative works by Richard White, William Cronon, Jill Lepore, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ned Blackhawk, William Kelso, Daniel Richter, Serge Gruzinski, and Denys Delage. Students will make presentations and write a research paper. 3 credits.