Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America by John H. Elliott

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By John H. Elliott

This epic background compares the empires equipped via Spain and Britain within the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival within the New global to the tip of Spanish colonial rule within the early 19th century. J. H. Elliott, essentially the most exceptional and flexible historians operating this present day, bargains us historical past on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds outfitted by means of Britain and via Spain at the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.Elliott identifies and explains either the similarities and alterations within the empires’ strategies of colonization, the nature in their colonial societies, their unique varieties of imperial executive, and the independence events fastened opposed to them. in keeping with huge examining within the background of the 2 nice Atlantic civilizations, the e-book units the Spanish and British colonial empires within the context in their personal occasions and provides us insights into features of this twin historical past that also impact the Americas.

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The profound changes that occurred in European civilization with the coming of the Reformation inevitably had an impact not only on the metropolitan societies but also on colonizing policies and the colonizing process itself. A British colonization of North America undertaken at the same time as Spain's colonization of Central and South America would have been very different in character from the kind of colonization that occurred after a century that saw the establishment of Protestantism as the official faith in England, a notable reinforcement of the place of parliament in English national life, and changing European ideas about the proper ordering of states and their economies.

F. Photo Dagli Orti (A)/Art Archive, London. 30 Peter Pelham, Portrait of Cotton Mather (c. 1715). Mezzotint. Photo Hutton Archive/MPI/Getty Images, London. E, 1693). 32 Westover House, Charles County, Virginia (1732). Photo c. 1909. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 33 William Williams, Husband and Wife in a Landscape (1775). Oil on canvas. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. 34 Jose Mariana Lara, Don Matheo Vicente de Musitu y Zavilde and his Wife Dona Maria Gertrudis de Salazar y Duan (late eighteenth century).

225 6. British America, 1763. 293 7. Spain's American Empire, End of the Eighteenth Century. 354 Introduction. " The Spanish official who crossed the Atlantic in 1573 can hardly have been alone in his sentiments. 5 million of them between 1500 and 1780s2 - who stumbled uncertainly onto American soil must have felt in the first instance an overwhelming sense of relief. `We were sure', wrote Maria Diaz from Mexico City in 1577 to her daughter in Seville, `that we were going to perish at sea, because the storm was so strong that the ship's mast snapped.

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