9:30 am to 12:30 pm
When Europeans colonized the Americas, they did so as agents and subjects of empire. More than an abstract theory of government, imperialism touched the lives of early America’s inhabitants in tangible ways, affecting not only where Europeans settled, but also their day-to-day safety and prosperity. By comparing case studies of English, French, Spanish, and Dutch imperialism, this seminar will explore how empire structured and evolved with European settlement in North America. Focusing on the seventeenth century, we will consider how Europeans and American Indians continually redefined empire by balancing local needs with the ambitions of distant home governments and competing empires.