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By Delores Bird Carpenter

Early Encounters features a choice of nineteen essays from the papers of sought after New England historian, antiquarian, and genealogist Warren Sears Nickerson (1880-1966). This vast learn of his circle of relatives ties to the Mayflower, and his exhaustive research of the 1st contacts among Europeans and local americans, in what's at the present time New England, made him an unquestioned authority in either fields. 
     The examine upon which the textual content of Early Encounters is predicated happened among the Twenties and the Fifties. each one of Nickerson’s works incorporated during this conscientiously edited quantity is put in its context by means of Delores poultry wood worker; she presents the reader with a wealth of valuable historical past information regarding each one essay’s starting place, in addition to Nickerson’s purposes for project the examine. fabric is prepared thematically: the arriving of the Mayflower; conflicts among Europeans and local american citizens; and different subject matters regarding the background and legends of early ecu cost on Cape Cod. Early Encounters is a thoughtfully researched, readable booklet that offers a wealthy and sundry account of lifestyles in colonial New England.

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49. Francis Parkman, France and England in North America (New York: The Library of America, 1983),2: 262. 50. , 264. This number is significantly different from the one in "How the Smiths Came to Cape Cod: Mary Smith of Oyster River," which was taken from Everett Stackpole, Lucien Thompson, and Winthrop Meserve, The History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation) (Town of Durham, 1913). It is quite common for different sources to have different counts. It is equally impossible to resolve such differences.

When the last Habsburg King of Spain had died with no heirs, a struggle began to decide which indirect heir would ascend the throne. The claimants were a Bourbon heir whose family also controlled France and an Austrian Habsburg whose family controlled the Holy Roman Empire. The balance of power in the colonies was also at stake since Spain had a vast overseas empire. If the French could gain control of these holdings by putting a Bourbon on the throne of Spain, French influence in the New World could have been enormous.

The English colonists were moving into this region and competing fiercely with the French in the fur trade. England also wanted to acquire additional land for settlement of its growing population. The French believed the Ohio Valley was theirs and that the English had to be expelled in order to protect the fur trade. This dispute became the last great conflict involving the French, the English, and the Indians in the American colonies. Not surprisingly, given English expansion most Indians chose to side with the French.

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