Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 November 1986

416 Pages | illus.

ISBN: 9780195041545

Bookseller Code (04)


The Invasion Within

The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America

James Axtell

Cultural Origins of North America

Colonial North America was not only a battleground for furs and land, but also for allegiances and even souls. In the three-sided struggle for empire, the English and French colonists were locked in heated competition for native allies and religious converts. Axtell sharply contrasts the English efforts to "civilize" the Indians with the French willingness to accept native lifestyles, and reveals why the struggle for control over the continent became a fascinating contest of cultures between shrewd opponents lasting nearly 150 years.