European colonies in the Americas

We often think about the history of the United States as linked with Britain, but what about the Spanish, Dutch and French?

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The French and Indian War, <em>The Death of General Wolfe</em>
The French and Indian War, The Death of General Wolfe

West turned the conventions of history painting on their head by choosing a contemporary subject and dress.

Thought the Puritans were dour? Think again!
Thought the Puritans were dour? Think again!

We think of Puritans aesthetics as restrained and humble, but this elaborate cupboard proves otherwise.

Early colonialism in the Southwest: the mission church at Acoma Pueblo
Early colonialism in the Southwest: the mission church at Acoma Pueblo

This mesa in New Mexico is believed to hold one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US.

Were they Freakes? The quiet ostentation of the early Puritans
Were they Freakes? The quiet ostentation of the early Puritans

Forget what you think you know about Puritan fashion and get ready to Freake.

When California was Spanish: Native Americans in New Spain
When California was Spanish: Native Americans in New Spain

The artist used Spanish coins as models for the coats of arms woven into this basket in California, then New Spain.

Fashioning diplomacy: the Anishinaabe, Britain, and 18th-century America
Fashioning diplomacy: the Anishinaabe, Britain, and 18th-century America

This outfit was likely made for a British lieutenant and gifted to him in a ritual exchange to show mutual respect.

Casta paintings: constructing identity in Spanish colonial America
Casta paintings: constructing identity in Spanish colonial America

These challenging paintings visually separate indigenous Americans from the Spanish elite; most were exported.