This course explores the rise and development of Britain’s American empire, including the thirteen North American colonies, Canada, and the West Indies. We begin with early efforts at exploration and colonization, including Massachusetts Bay and Jamestown in Virginia and conclude with Britain’s triumph in the “Great War for Empire†or French and Indian War in 1769, setting the stage for the years of imperial crisis, revolution, and independence that followed. May be taken as a 400 level thesis course with instructor approval. Course may not be repeated if already taken at the 300 level.