American Heritage

"Colonial Settlement"

Overview

The period of American colonial settlement covers a striking episode in world history. From Columbus landing in 1492 to the first permanent British settlement in America in 1607 and on to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, this period includes the transatlantic migration of millions of people. English Puritans composed the first of four great migrations to America. An examination of Puritan Christianity, the Puritans of New England, and the establishment of their community in the New World provides a firm foundation for understanding the period of colonial settlement.

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Mark A. Kalthoff is chairman and professor of history at Hillsdale College and holds the Salvatori Chair in History and Traditional Values. He earned his B.S. at Hillsdale College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University.