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 Levy-Franks were a prosperous Jewish family in early 18th century New York. Their portraits help to reveal a closely-connected British Empire spanning the Atlantic. The Levy-Franks supplied the British during the Seven Years' War, carried goods on Caribbean trade routes, and possibly brought enslaved people to the Americas.
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In New Spain, Indigenous people, Africans, Spaniards, and their descendants mixed together. Casta paintings show one way Spaniards attempted to place these mixed-race families and their children into a hierarchy, although the realities of race and status in Spanish colonial society were much more complex.
A Jewish family in New York and London during the French Indian Wars
Re-examining a founding American myth
Between the Seven Years' War and the Revolutionary War, conflict between Indigenous people, American colonists, and British imperial officials intensified as American colonists encroached on Indigenous land. Benjamin West's painting of a popular myth helps to illustrate the changes in this period.
Among the earliest European representations of North America
De Soto led hundreds of soldiers on the first European expedition into what became the United States.
De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.
West turned the conventions of history painting on their head by choosing a contemporary subject and dress.
We think of Puritans aesthetics as restrained and humble, but this elaborate cupboard proves otherwise.
This mesa in New Mexico is believed to hold one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US.
Forget what you think you know about Puritan fashion and get ready to Freake.