The books, articles, films, and websites in this section will enhance the materials included on our website for this era of American history. Many of the books are by the historians whose essays and lectures you have read and listened to here and offer in-depth studies of the topics that have caught your interest. The websites and other resources open new ways to explore American history and take advantage of new interpretations and new technologies to enhance classroom or at-home learning.
Cummins, John G. Francis Drake: The Lives of a Hero. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Recommended Resources from Other Sub-Eras
Newitt, Malyn. A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion, 1400–1668. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Cook, Noble David. Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492–1650. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Mancall, Peter C. Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
Mitchell, Mairin. Elcano: The First Circumnavigator. London: Herder Publications, 1958.
Maestro, Betsy C. Exploration and Conquest: The Americas after Columbus, 1500–1620. With illustrations by Giulio Maestro. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.
Cannavale, Vincent C. Voices from Colonial America: Florida, 1513–1821. Washington DC: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.
Diffie, Bailey W., and George D. Winius. Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415–1580. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.
Whitney, Gordon Graham. From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America, 1500 to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Moogk, Peter N. La Nouvelle France: The Making of French Canada—A Cultural History. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000.
Perdue, Theda. Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1985.
Axtell, James. Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Calloway, Colin G. New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Bergreen, Laurence. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. New York: William Morrow, 2003.
Bell, Christopher Richard Vincent. Portugal and the Quest for the Indies. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1974.
Sugden, John. Sir Francis Drake. New York: Henry Holt, 1991.
Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1972.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The European Discovery of America. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971 and 1974.
Cachey, Theodore J., ed. The First Voyage around the World (1519–1522): An Account of Magellan’s Expedition by Antonio Pigafetta. New York: Marsilio Publishers, 1995.
Lamb, Ursula, ed. The Globe Encircled and the World Revealed. Brookfield, VT: Variorum, 1995.
The Mariners’ Museum, “The Mariners’ Museum.” http://www.marinersmuseum.org.
Boorstin, Daniel J. The Portuguese Discoverers. Lisbon: National Board for the Celebration of Portuguese Discoveries, 1987.
Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.