From School Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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