From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up. When most students consider our early military history, they generally think in terms of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, Gallay paints quite another picture. While the various European kings and monarchs vied for power and property, it was warfare that carried out the mission. Consequently the colonists were frequently under seige or invasion by one power or another. This one-volume encyclopedia broadly defines warfare to include the military and diplomatic histories of a great variety of American peoples. Much of the material does not appear in standard reference works. Geographic coverage is extensive, including not only the present United States, but also the Spanish Southwest, Russian Alaska, Canada, and the West Indies. The almost 700 essays, which range in length from one paragraph to several pages, provide a wealth of information on group and colony histories, people, forts, treaties, and intercultural relationships. Black-and-white reproductions of battle plans, maps, and some illustrations from very early publications are included. All of the entries are signed and provide references and cross-references within the volume. There is an extensive chronology and a very detailed index. A fine ready-reference title.?Marsha Holden, Lincolnwood Public Library, IL
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"Colonial Wars of North America promises to be the ultimate single-volume of colonial reference for scholars, students and military enthusiasts alike." -- Military History
In a clear departure from standard works, All Gallay's Colonial Wars Of North America 1512-1763 is an encyclopedia which foregoes a solely Anglocentric focus and looks at a great variety of early American people and events, including Native Americans and Africans who all actively participated in the wars of Colonial America. Included are such obscure military campaigns as: Esopus Wars in New Netherland (1659-1660; 1663-1664); Oliver Cromwell's "Western Design"; the Ojibwa-Dakota Conflict (1736); the Kirke Brothers attack on Quebec (1629); and the Franco-Spanish attack on Charles Town, South Carolina (1706). Featuring 650 informative essays, Colonial Wars Of North America explores topics as diverse as the Spanish mission system and privateering to captivity narratives and medical services. More than 140 biographical sketches are included, as well as numerous maps and a detailed timeline of over 200 entries. Colonial Wars of North America's comprehensiveness and accessibility make it a valuable addition to every school library, as well as a ready teaching tool in the classroom. With its extensive bibliography and copious cross-referencing, researchers will find it to be a treasure trove of information, and general readers will spend hours browsing though all the interesting data. Colonial Wars Of North America is a valuable compilation of exceptional scholarship and no academic or community library Colonial America or Military Studies sections would be complete without it! -- Midwest Book Review