West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
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This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.
In this unique history of 1776, Claudio Saunt looks beyond the familiar story of the thirteen colonies to explore the many other revolutions roiling the turbulent American continent. In that fateful year, the Spanish landed in San Francisco, the Russians pushed into Alaska to hunt valuable sea otters, and the Sioux discovered the Black Hills. Hailed by critics for challenging our conventional view of the birth of America, West of the Revolution “[coaxes] our vision away from the Atlantic seaboard” and “exposes a continent seething with peoples and purposes beyond Minutemen and Redcoats” (Wall Street Journal).
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Who woullda thought?
By focusing on the continent outside the 13 colonies in the time of the American Revolution, Saunt gives a great picture of the full scope of American history. Russian, French, Spanish, and indigenous cultures were clashing, with dreams of empire and riches drawing them in. It is intriguing how miscommunication and wayward mapping helped shape decisions that had lasting impact. And you will never think of “native” culture as monolithic ever again.