Much has been written about the forging of a British identity in the 17th and 18th centuries, from the multiple kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But the process also ran across the Irish sea and was played out in North America and the Caribbean. In the process, the indigenous peoples of North America, the Caribbean, the Cape, Australia and New Zealand were forced to redefine their identities. This text integrates the history of these areas with British and imperial history. With contributions from both sides of the Atlantic, each chapter deals with a different aspect of British encounters with indigenous peoples in Colonial America and includes, for example, sections on "Native Americans and Early Modern Concepts of Race" and "Hunting and the Politics of Masculinity in Cherokee treaty-making, 1763-1775". This book should be of particular interest to postgraduate students of Colonial American history and early modern British history.

chapter Chapter One|18 pages

Introduction: British identities, indigenous peoples, and the empire

ByMartin Daunton, Rick Halpern

chapter Chapter Two|23 pages

The British and indigenous peoples, 1760—1860: power, perception and identity

ByChristopher Bayly

chapter Chapter Three|37 pages

Encounters between British and “indigenous” peoples, C.1500–C.1800

ByPhilip D. Morgan

chapter Chapter Four|22 pages

Native Americans and early modern concepts of race

ByKathleen Brown

chapter Chapter Seven|18 pages

Protecting trade through war: Choctaw elites and British occupation of the Floridas

ByGreg O’Brien

chapter Chapter Eight|19 pages

Hunting and the politics of masculinity in Cherokee treaty-making, 1763–75

ByNathaniel Sheidley

chapter Chapter Twelve|22 pages

Images of aboriginal childhood: contested governance in the Canadian West to 1850

ByRussell Smandych, Anne McGillivray

chapter Chapter Fourteen|23 pages

The genocide policy in English—Karifuna relations in the seventeenth century

ByHilary Beckles

chapter Chapter Fifteen|22 pages

William Knibb and the constitution of the new Black subject

ByCatherine Hall