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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Living on the North American Land

Living on the North American Land

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(p.191) 13 Living on the North American Land
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Architecture since 1400
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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.003.0013

This chapter discusses British settlements in North America. The template for British settlement of lands across the Atlantic was provided by their sixteenth- and seventeenth-century recolonization of Ireland, parts of which the English had originally seized in the twelfth century. A comparison of the settlements of Native Americans in what is now the United States and Canada with those of the European and African settlers in the British colonies founded along the Mid-Atlantic coast in the seventeenth century reveals that cultural differences helped account for the clashes that occurred between the two groups, particularly differences in the ways in which the indigenous peoples and the settlers conceived of property rights. The English, unwilling or unable to understand how the Irish or the indigenous Americans inhabited the land, felt justified in appropriating it.

Keywords:   British settlement, colonization, Native Americans, architecture, North America, cultural differences, property rights

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