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Can we approach European expansion to the Americas and elsewhere without colonial triumphalism? A research strategy which automatically treats early establishments overseas as embryonic colonies produces predictable results: in retrospect, some were, some were not. The approach reflected in the essays collected here does not exclude an interest in colonialism as an enduring practice, but the focus of the volume is population mobility and stability. Post-medieval archaeology has much to contribute to our understanding of the gradual drift of ordinary people - the cast of thousands, anonymous or almost-forgotten behind the famous names of history.
The main concern of the articles here is the post-medieval expansion of the English-speaking world to North America, particularly Newfoundland and the Chesapeake, but the volume includes perspectives on Ireland and New France also. While most attend to the movement of Europeans, interactions with Native peoples, using the Labrador Inuit as a case study, are not neglected.

Peter E. Pope is University Research Professor and former Head of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University in St John's, Newfoundland. Shannon Lewis-Simpson researches aspects of cultural identity and interaction in the Viking-Age North Atlantic. She lectures part-time at Memorial University.

Contributors: Eliza Brandy, Mark Brisbane, Amanda Crompton, Bruno Fajal, Amelia Fay, David Gaimster, Mark Gardiner, Barry Gaulton, William Gilbert, Audrey Horning, Carter C. Hudgins, Silas Hurry, Evan Jones, Neil Kennedy, Eric Klingelhofer, Hannah E.C. Koon, Brad Loewen, Nicholas Luccketti, James Lyttleton, Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Paula Marcoux, Natascha Mehler, Greg Mitchell, Sarah Newstead, Stéphane Noël, Jeff Oliver, Steven E. Pendery, Peter E. Pope, Peter Ramsden, Lisa Rankin, Amy St John, Beverley Straube, Eric Tourigny, James A. Tuck, Giovanni Vitelli,


Fascinating material for perusal by both historians of Early America and any Americanists. ... [It] reconstructs individual and personal experience of migration and settlement by ordinary people, painting a complex picture of the processes underlying the colonial ventures and pointing to factors often neglected in historical studies. POLISH J0URNAL FOR AMERICAN STUDIES

A valuable reference for historians, archaeologists and ethnographers interested in North American colonialism. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY


First Published: 17 Oct 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843838593
Pages: 384
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press

Details updated on 16 Mar 2016


  • 1  On the verge of colonialism: English and Hanseatic trade in the North Atlantic islands
  • 2  Baltic beads and beaver: Motivations for medieval settlement expansion in north-western Russia
  • 3  Bristol, Cabot and the New Found Land, 1496-1500
  • 4  The consumer revolution of the late 16th century and the European domestication of North America
  • 5  Bread and permanence
  • 6  Scurvy's impact on European colonization in north-eastern North America
  • 7  Markers of maritimity in the St Lawrence Valley: Maritime influences at Baie-Saint-Paul, 1670-1875
  • 8  Impermanence and empire: salt raking in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 9  Leim an Mhadaigh: Exploring unwanted histories of the Atlantic World
  • 10  History from the ground up: Historical ecology and temporality in colonial British Columbia
  • 11  From Acadia to Arcadia: 19th-century visitors and the influence of the 'maritime pastoral' on Maine island archaeology
  • 12  'Taking the kitchen sink': Archaeological and scientific evidence for the migration of pottery workshops in northern Europe during the late medieval to early modern period
  • 13  Merida no more: Portuguese redware in Newfoundland
  • 14  The production of stoneware in southern Normandy: The example of Ger (16th - 18th century)
  • 15  Normandy stoneware at Cap Rouge, a French migratory fishing station on Newfoundland's Petit Nord
  • 16  Elizabethan activities at Roanoke
  • 17  'A sure token of their being there': Artefacts from England's colonial ventures at Roanoke and Jamestown
  • 18  Copper, chemistry, and colonization: The roles of non-ferrous metals at Jamestown (c.1607-1610) and Roanoke (1585-c. 1590)
  • 19  'Dwelling there still': Historical archaeology at Cupids and changing perspectives on early modern Newfoundland
  • 20  From Portugal to Newfoundland in the 17th century: supplying a European colony or provisioning a fishery?
  • 21  Status and diet: Variations in élite foodways at Newfoundland fishing stations in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • 22  Of obligation and necessity: The social contexts of trade between permanent residents and migratory traders at Plaisance, Newfoundland (1662-1690)
  • 23  The Lords Baltimore in Ireland
  • 24  Ferryland's first settlers (and a dog story)
  • 25  The commercial development of Newfoundland's English Shore: The Kirke family at Ferryland, 1638-1696
  • 26  Fleeing the 'sad face of winter': The Calverts and the archaeology of Maryland's first city
  • 27  Thule radiocarbon chronology and its implications for early Inuit-European interaction in Labrador
  • 28  The role of the Inuit in the European settlement of Sandwich Bay, Labrador
  • 29  The Inuit of southern Labrador and their conflicts up to 1765
  • 30  Inuit animal use and the impact of European settlement and trade in Snooks Cove, Labrador
  • 31  Finding Mikak: The search for a late 18th-century Inuit trader in the archaeological record