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American History Reading List
Books on Early America, Pre-1700's
If you are teaching American History, use this Reading List to pick out good historical fiction and nonfiction to go along with your lesson plans. This section includes books set before 1700. For other years, please see our main American History Reading List.
The books are arranged chronologically, with topics shown below the dates to make it easier to find selections. Each book is linked to one of our affiliates so you can see pictures & further description.
Books on 1000 - 1600
themes include Early Explorers, such as Eric the Red, Leif the Lucky, & Christopher Columbus
Books on 1600 - 1610
themes include Jamestown, Pocahontas, John Smith
Books on the 1620's
themes include the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, Squanto, Plymouth Colony,
Books on 1630 - 1700
themes include the Puritans, William Penn, Colonial Life, slavery, the Iriquois of French Canada