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ELABORATE histories of the United States have been ably written; compends, or school histories, and well adapted to the place they are designed to fill, are numerous. Between these compends and the works extending to six or more volumes, there is room, as well as necessity, for a history that shall be sufficiently elaborate to trace the direct influences that have had a power in moulding the character of the nation and its institutions, moral and political-a volume that should present as fully as is consistent with this design, those events which are interesting in themselves, or characteristic of the times and people. Such a volume the author of this work has endeavored to supply. It is hoped the general reader will find in it a succinct as well as a comprehensive view of the subject, which of itself is worthy the study, especially of our own countrymen.
While the author has availed himself of original authorities, he takes pleasure in acknowledging his obligations, among others, to the following works: Histories of the United States, by Bancroft, Hildreth, and Tucker; Irving's Life of Washington; C. W. Elliott's History of New England; Broadhead's History of New York; Benton's Thirty Years' View; Abridgment of Debates in Congress, by the same author; Duyckinck's Cyclopædia of American Literature; Dr. Hawks' Contributions to the Ecclesiastical History of the United States; Dr. Robert Baird's Religion in America.
NEW YORK, September, 1859.
SPANISH DISCOVERIES AND CONQUESTS.
South Sea, 11. First Voyage round the World, 11.
Florida, Discovery and Attempt to Settle, 12.
ENGLISH AND FRENCH DISCOVERIES.
John Cabot discovers the American Continent, 16. His son, Sebastian, 16.
The Fisheries-St. John's, Newfoundland, 39.
Sir Walter Raleigh, 39. Exploring Expedition-Virginia, 40. Fail
ures to colonize, 41. Contest with Spain, 42. Death of Sir Walter, 43
London and Plymouth Companies, 46. King James' Laws, 46. The Voy.
age and Arrival-Jamestown, 47. John Smith; his energy, 47. His
Captivity, 49. Misery of the Colonists, 50. New Emigrants, 51.
Lord Delaware, 52. Sir Thomas Gates, 53. Pocahontas; her Cap-
ture and Marriage, 54. George Yeardley, 55. First Legislative As-
First Voyage to, 57. Explorations of John Smith, 58. The Church of
England, 59. The Puritans, 60. Congregation of John Robinson, 61.
Pilgrims in Holland, 62. Arrangements to emigrate, 63. The Voyage,
65. Their prominent Men, 66. A Constitution adopted, 67. Landing
at Plymouth, 68. Sufferings-Indians, 69. Weston's Men, 71. Thanks-
A Company organized; Settlement of Salem, 75. The Charter transferred,
76. Boston and Vicinity settled, 77. Roger Williams; his Banish-
ment; he founds Providence, 78. Discussions renewed-Anne Hutchin-
son; Settlement of Rhode Island, 80. The Dutch at Hartford; Dis-
putes with, 81. Migrations to the Connecticut; Hooker and Haynes,
82. Pequod War, 84. Rev. John Davenport; Settlement of New
Haven, 88. Sir Ferdinand Gorges; New Hampshire, 89. The United
Colonies, 90. Educated Men; Harvard College, Printing Press, Com-
mon Schools, 91. Quakers; Persecution of, 92. Eliot the Apostle-
Slavery-Massacre by the Indians, 96. Lord Baltimore, 99. Settlement of
Maryland, 100. Clayborne's Rebellion, 101. Toleration-Berkeley
Governor of Virginia, Intolerance, 102. State of Society, 103. Aris-
tocratic Assembly, 104. War with the Susquehannas-Nathaniel
Bacon, 105. Disturbances, Obnoxious Assembly dissolved, 106. James-
town burned; Death of Bacon, 107. Tyranny of Berkeley; Aristo-
cratic Assembly; its Illiberal Acts, 108. Deplorable State of the
Colony, 109. College of William and Mary, 110. Troubles in Mary