When we think of North America in 1776, our minds take us to the Atlantic seaboard where inhabitants in thirteen colonies fought Great Britain for independence.
However, as the American Revolution and its War for Independence raged, events occurred elsewhere in North America that would have important implications for the development of the later United States.
Claudio Saunt, the Richard B. Russell Professor of History at the University of Georgia and author of West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, joins us to explore events that took place west of the American Revolution.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
In this episode, Claudio Saunt, the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History at the University of Georgia, joins us to investigate important events that took place in North America west of the American Revolution.
Using details from his book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, Claudio reveals the problems colonists and Native Americans faced when the French, Spanish, and British divided the North American continent in the Treaty of Paris, 1763; how the fur trade in Hudson Bay and along the Pacific Coast brought Europeans and Native Americans into contact; And how Russian activities in North America affected the colonization of California by the Spanish.
What You’ll Discover
- What events took place in North America “west of the American Revolution”
- How Claudio became fascinated with North American and Native American history
- Russian activities in North America during the eighteenth century
- Details about the North American fur trade
- How Russian activities along the Pacific Coast affected Spanish colonization of California
- The impact Spanish colonization and missions had on Native American peoples in California
- Details about Spanish and Native American relations
- How European viruses and domesticated animals saved Spanish settlement in California
- What happened when a Spanish missionary and survey expedition encountered Native American peoples on the Colorado Plateau
- What the Hudson Bay area looked like during the 1770s
- How the extreme weather conditions around Hudson Bay caused British fur traders to become reliant on local Cree and Assiniboine Indians
- Why Europeans were obsessed with beavers
- The problems colonists and Native Americans experienced when the French, Spanish, and British divided the North American continent in the Treaty of Paris, 1763
- How the end of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) caused Native American violence on the Great Plains
- The interconnectedness between events in Europe and North America
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Claudio Saunt
- Claudio’s Website
- West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
- The JuntoCast
- What might have happened if the Russians had not attempted to expand their fur trade into North America? Would the colonial history of North America, west and south of the thirteen British colonies have been different?
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