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3. The West Indian and Southern Colonies
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to look at the British colonies in the West Indies and the South. The colonies of the southern Atlantic coast and the British West Indies used long growing seasons to develop plantation economies based on exporting staple crops. They depended on the labour of enslaved Africans, who often constituted the majority of the population in these areas and developed their own forms of cultural and religious autonomy.
In this course, Professor Alan Taylor (University of Virginia) explores the regions of the British colonies in North America. This course will explain how and why environmental and other factors shaped the development and expansion of various British colonies that developed and expanded from 1607 to 1754. The first two modules will examine the other major European colonies in North America and how these developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. We will then turn to look at the British colonies, looking at reach region individually. These regions were: (i) the West Indian and Southern Colonies; (ii) the Chesapeake Colonies; (iii) the Middle Colonies; (iv) the New England Colonies; and (v) the Northern Colonies. Finally we shall take a look at how ideas of freedom and slavery developed differently within the British colonies than in their Spanish and French equivalents.
Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist in the early history of the United States and has written extensively about the colonial history of the United States, the American Revolution and the early American Republic. Taylor has received two Pulitzer Prizes and the Bancroft Prize, and was also a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction.
Cite this Lecture
Taylor, A. (2021, November 18). US History – The Regions of the British Colonies, 1607-1754 - The West Indian and Southern Colonies [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-regions-of-the-british-colonies/the-west-indian-and-southern-colonies
Taylor, Alan. "US History – The Regions of the British Colonies, 1607-1754 – The West Indian and Southern Colonies." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Nov 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-regions-of-the-british-colonies/the-west-indian-and-southern-colonies