Fall 2019 - HIST 373 D100

Conquest in North America, 1500-1900 (4)

Class Number: 4990

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9655, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Joseph Taylor
    1 778 782-4400
    Office: AQ 6012
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including six units of lower division History and one of HIST 101, 104, or 212, or permission of the department.



A broad examination of attempts by aboriginal, imperial, and mercantile forces to claim and control the North American continent from the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the early 1500s to the surrender of Geronimo in 1886. Explores the processes of colonization from many perspectives, including Aboriginal, American, English, French, Russian, and Spanish ambitions and activities. Breadth-Humanities.


Scope and Objectives

Examines attempts to claim and control the North American continent by aboriginal, mercantile, and imperial forces from the early 1500s to Geronimo’s surrender in 1886. Lectures and readings explore the processes of colonization from many perspectives, paying equal attention to the aims and responses of Aboriginal, American, English, French, Russian, and Spanish agents:

·         Processes of dispossession and incorporation
·         Mutual constitution of nature and empire
·         Global networks of imperial contestation
·         Aboriginal aims and responses to expansionism
·         Spatial and historical implications of settlement


  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Research paper 30%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Tutorial 10%



Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: A Family Story from Early America (New York: Vintage Press, 1994)

Michael Witgen, An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)

Ryan Jones, Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Karl Jacoby, Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History (New York: Penguin Press, 2009)

Primary documents available on the Canvas website

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