The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 74
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
European expansion in North America down to. 1783. . . . It
has been prepared in response to a clear demand for a text writ-
ten from the standpoint of North America as a whole.
When thus presented the early history of Massachusetts, of Geor-
gia, of Arkansas, of Illinois, or of California is no longer merely
local history, but is an integral part of the general story." Such
being the authors' scheme, it is quite logical that the "colonies
of the different nations are treated, in so far as practicable, in the
chronological order of their development. . . ."
In the development of their thesis, emphasis is given to the
English colonies, but the proper perspective is maintained by
"giving a more adequate treatment of the colonies of nations other
than the thirteen which revolted." The book is divided into three
parts: (1) The Founding of the Colonies: (2) Expansion and
European Conflict; (3) The Revolt of the English Colonies. In
Part I, three chapters (77 pages) are given to the Hispanic back-
ground for and the establishment of the Spanish colonies; one
chapter (25 pages) to the establishment of the French colonies;
one chapter (14 pages) to the Dutch and Swedish colonies; and
seven chapters (112 pages) to the background for and the estab-
lishment of the English colonies. In Part II, three chapters (63
pages) are devoted to the expansion of the Spanish colonies; two
chapters (37 pages) to the French colonies and the final struggle
of the French and the English; and five chapters (87 pages) to
the development of the English colonies. Part III contains six
chapters (130 pages). Thus it will be seen, by way of summary,
that eighteen chapters, approximating 330 pages, are devoted to
English activities in North America; six chapters, totalling 140
pages, to Spanish activities; three chapters, containing 62 pages,
to French activities; and one chapter, 14 pages long, to Dutch and
If the point of view is commendable for its logicality and orig-
inality, as much can be said for the array of facts presented. Not
for any one chapter or even group of chapters alone can it be said
that they embody the results of recent researches in their respec-
tive fields, but for all alike can this generalization be made. This
is true whether for the chapters dealing with the Spanish and
French activities, for which Professor Bolton was largely re-
sponsible, or for the chapters dealing with the English, Dutch,
and Swedish activities, which were largely contributed by
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922, periodical, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/m1/80/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.