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Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America

Virginia DeJohn Anderson


This study presents colonial American history as the story of three-way interactions among Indians, English colonists, and livestock. By situating domestic animals at the heart of the colonizing process in 17th-century New England and the Chesapeake region, the book restores contingency to a narrative too often dominated by human actors alone. Livestock were a central factor in the cultural clash between colonists and Indians as well as a driving force in expansion west. By bringing livestock across the Atlantic, colonists assumed that they provided the means to realize America's potential, a ... More

Keywords: colonial American history, Indians, Native Americans, English colonists, New England, Chesapeake, livestock, animal husbandry, King Philip's War, Bacon's Rebellion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia DeJohn Anderson, author
University of Colorado, Boulder
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