By Richard Hofstadter, Clarence L. Ver Steeg
This primary quantity of serious concerns in American historical past -- 3 volumes of records that conceal the heritage of the US from its payment to the current -- provides us a beneficiant sampling from the foremost political controversies within the Colonial interval. incorporated are such files as Richard Hakluyt's "Discourse of Western Planting" (1584), "Letter from Christopher Columbus to the King and Queen of Spain" (undated, most likely 1694), "The 3rd Virginia constitution" (1612), Thomas Paine's "Common feel" (1776) and "The announcement of independence" (July four, 1776). each one has an explanatory headnote, and there are short normal introductions that set the choices of their historic context.
In order to slot either Colonial and Early nationwide classes, records masking 1765-1776 look on the finish of this quantity and back first and foremost of quantity II.
Volume II From the Revolution to the Civil struggle, 1765-1865 Edited through Richard Hofstadter
Volume III From Reconstruction to the current Day, 1864-1981
Edited through Richard Hofstadter and Beatrice okay. Hofstadter
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In reference to the transportation of gold from the island to Castile, that all of it should be taken on board the ship, both that belonging to your Highnesses and the property of every one else; that it should all be placed in one chest with two locks, with their keys, and that the master of the vessel keep one key and some person selected by the governor and treasurer the other; that there should come with the gold, for a testimony, a list of all that has been put into the said chest, properly marked, so that each owner may receive his own; and that, for the faithful performance of this duty, if any gold whatsoever is found outside of the said chest in any way, be it little or much, it shall be forfeited to your Highnesses.
The measured response of King James I of England, which gives the impression that nothing whatever is afoot, acts out a ploy commonly used by men of power in the seventeenth century—and, for that matter, every other century. September 22 Sire: I have reported to your Majesty how there had come to Plymouth one of the vessels that went to Virginia, and afterwards there came in another, which vessels are still here. Captain Newport makes haste to return with some people—and there have combined merchants and other persons who desire to establish themselves there; because it appears to them the most suitable place that they have discovered for privateering and making attacks upon the merchant fleets of Your Majesty.
Those advantages may be divided, first, into the general advantages which Europe, considered as one great country, has derived, from those great events; and, secondly, into the particular advantages which each colonizing country has derived from the colonies which particularly belong to it, in consequence of the authority or dominion which it exercises over them. The general advantages which Europe, considered as one great country, has derived from the discovery and colonization of America, consist, first, in the increase of its enjoyments; and, secondly, in the augmentation of its industry.
Great Issues in American History, Vol. I: From Settlement to Revolution, 1584-1776 by Richard Hofstadter, Clarence L. Ver Steeg