The English Atlantic, 1675-1740: An Exploration of Communication and Community

Hardcover | September 15, 1986

byIan K. Steele

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Exploding the curious myth that the ocean is a barrier rather than a highway for communication, this unusual interdisciplinary study examines the English Atlantic context of early American life. From the winterless Caribbean to the ice-locked Hudson Bay, maritime communications in factusually met the legitimate expectations for frequency, speed, and safety, while increased shipping, new postal services, and newspapers hastened the exchange of news. These changes in avenues of communications reflected--and, in turn, enhanced--the political, economic, and social integration of theEnglish Atlantic between 1675 and 1740. As Steele deftly describes the influence of physical, technological, socioeconomic, and political aspects of seaborne communication on the community, he suggests an exciting new mode of analyzing Colonial history.

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Exploding the curious myth that the ocean is a barrier rather than a highway for communication, this unusual interdisciplinary study examines the English Atlantic context of early American life. From the winterless Caribbean to the ice-locked Hudson Bay, maritime communications in factusually met the legitimate expectations for freque...

Ian K. Steele is at University of Western Ontario.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.18 inPublished:September 15, 1986Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195039688

ISBN - 13:9780195039689

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"Excellent....Steele's novel perspective on Anglo-American history and his meticulous mining of primary and secondary materials combine to make this a book at once solid and exciting."--Journal of American Studies