This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.
In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, the Continental Congress declared independence, and Washington crossed the Delaware. We are familiar with these famous moments in American history, but we know little about the extraordinary events occurring that same year far beyond the British colonies. In this distinctive history, Claudio Saunt tells an intriguing, largely untold story of an immense and restless continent connected in surprising ways.
In that pivotal year, the Spanish established the first European colony in San Francisco and set off a cataclysm for the region's native residents. The Russians pushed into Alaska in search of valuable sea otters, devastating local Aleut communities. And the British extended their fur trade from Hudson Bay deep into the continent, sparking an environmental revolution that transformed America's boreal forests.
While imperial officials in distant Europe maneuvered to control lands they knew almost nothing about, America's indigenous peoples sought their own advantage. Creek Indians navigated the Caribbean to explore trade with Cuba. The Osages expanded their dominion west of the Mississippi River, overwhelming the small Spanish outposts in the area. And the Sioux advanced across the Dakotas. One traditional Sioux history states that they first seized the Black Hills, the territory they now consider their sacred homeland, in 1776. "Two nations were born that year," Saunt writes. The native one would win its final military victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn 100 years later.
From the Aleutian Islands to the Gulf Coast and across the oceans to Europe's imperial capitals, Saunt's masterfully researched narrative reveals an interconnected web of history that spans not just the forgotten parts of North America but the entire globe.
West of the Revolution explores a turbulent continent in a year of many revolutions.
©2014 Claudio Saunt (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Maybe better in print"
This is a rarity for me--an audiobook that would better if you read it yourself. Fascinating subject and material that sparkles in comparison to conventional American history, but the reading is as deadly as the lecturer you no longer remember from college. I was looking forward to this one, but couldn't stay with it long at all.
The information in this book is invaluable and interesting, but the gentleman who reads it lacks any emotion or tone change. It is monotonous to listen to and causes the material to feel dry. Save your money on this audio book and buy the printed copy.
"interesting but bland"
an interesting history lesson that suffers from bland and boring writing. truly unfortunate considering the topic.
"A look at a period of time most of us were unaware"
The fact that yes, most Americans feel that the center of the was only on Our revolution unaware of events out of our sight
Never read one with so much info and so many areas at the same time period
Mr Holland is a master story teller and the book needed his talent to hold it together
Yes, but not possible interesting and detailed
I became aware of many events that affected our lives that were not related in our history Made me open my mind to the various possibilties of our fragil future
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