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This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.

Each episode features conversations with professional historians who help shed light on important people and events in early American history. It is produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History Liz Covart

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This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.

Each episode features conversations with professional historians who help shed light on important people and events in early American history. It is produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

    278 Vast Early America Series: Competing Visions of Empire

    278 Vast Early America Series: Competing Visions of Empire

    How and where did the colonies of North America and the Caribbean fit within the British Empire?
    The answer to this question depends on whether you explore the views of a British imperial officer, such as the King of England, or a colonist who lived in one of the North American or Caribbean colonies.
    In today’s episode, Abigail Swingen, professor of history at Texas Tech University and author of Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire, leads us on an exploration of how colonists and British imperial officers viewed the colonies and their place within the British Empire during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/036
     
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    Episode 162: Dunmore’s New World: The British Empire and the American Revolution Episode 186: Max Edelson, The New Map of the British Empire Episode 229: Patrick Griffin, The Townshend Moment Episode 236: Daniel Livesay, Mixed-Race Britons & the Atlantic Family Episode 252: Matthew Dziennik, The Highland Soldier in North America Listen!
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    277 Vast Early America Series: Aquatic Culture in Early America

    277 Vast Early America Series: Aquatic Culture in Early America

    The Atlantic World has brought many disparate peoples together, which has caused a lot of ideas and cultures to mix.
    How did the Atlantic World bring so many different peoples and cultures together? How did this large intermixing of people and cultures impact the development of colonial America?
    Kevin Dawson, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California-Merced and author of Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora, joins us to explore answers to these questions with an investigation of the African Diaspora and African and African American aquatic culture.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/224
     
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    276 Vast Early America Series: The Dutch Moment in the 17th Century

    276 Vast Early America Series: The Dutch Moment in the 17th Century

    The Spanish, French, and English played large roles in the origins of colonial America. But so too did the Dutch. During the 17th century, they had a “moment" in which they influenced European colonization and development of the Atlantic World.
    Wim Klooster, a Professor of History at Clark University and author of The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic World, guides us through Dutch contributions to the Atlantic World.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/121
     
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    275 Vast Early America Series: The Little Ice Age

    275 Vast Early America Series: The Little Ice Age

    We’re living in a period of climate change. Our Earth has been getting warmer since the mid-19th century.
    So how will humans adapt to and endure this period of global warming? Will they adapt to it and endure?
    It turns out the people of early America also lived through a period of climate change and their experiences may hold some answers for us.
    Sam White, an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and author of A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter, joins us to explore the Little Ice Age and how it impacted initial European exploration and colonization of North America.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/189
     
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    274 Vast Early America Series: The Other Slavery

    274 Vast Early America Series: The Other Slavery

    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He also played a central role in the European adoption of Indian or Native American slavery.

    When we think of slavery in early America, we often think of the practice of African and African-American chattel slavery. However, that system of slavery wasn’t the only system of slavery that existed in North America. Systems of Indian slavery existed too. In fact, Indians remained enslaved long after the 13th Amendment abolished African-American slavery in 1865.

    • 46 min
    273 Vast Early America Series: Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

    273 Vast Early America Series: Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

    In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue as part of the great European quest to find new routes and shortcuts to the spice islands and territories of Asia.

    Columbus’ “discovery” of the Caribbean and North America caused European peoples to colonize North and South America. It also encouraged Europeans to keep up their search for new ways to access Asia.

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