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Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast edited by Jessica Joyce Christie and Patricia Joan Sarro. A scholarly look at the palaces of Chaco Canyon, the Maya, the Aztecs, the Inka, and more.
Palaces of the Ancient New World edited by Susan Toby Evans and Joanne Pillsbury. Kings of ancient Mexico and Peru had luxurious quarters in cities and exquisite pleasure palaces in the countryside. Extensively illustrated.
Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus by Samuel M. Wilson.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Lesley Sutty. An introduction, including history.
Islanders in the Stream: Volume One by Michael Craton and Gail Saunders. A history of the Bahamian people from aboriginal times to the end of slavery.
Islanders in the Stream: Volume Two by Michael Craton and Gail Saunders. From the ending of slavery to the 21st century.
The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas by William F. Keegan. Explains how and why the Bahamas were colonized and how the Lucayan Arawaks lived, ending with the Spaniards' arrival and the Lucayans' demise.
Books About the Duke of Windsor (Bahamas governor)
Barbados: A World Apart by Roger A. Labrucherie. Coffee-table book that covers -- in photographs, paintings, maps, and text -- Barbados's history, culture, and people.
A History of Barbados: From Amerindian Settlement to Nation-State by Hilary Beckles. The first general history of Barbados written by a professional historian.
Lonely Planet Bermuda by Glenda Bendure. This travel guide includes facts about Bermuda's history.
Haiti, History, and the Gods by Joan Dayan. Reconstructs Haiti's history based on sources -- such as repressed historical texts, secret memoirs, letters, and literary fiction -- that have never been translated into English.
Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois. The only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue. Within a few years, they forced the French to emancipate them. Ultimately Napoleon sent a massive mission to subjugate the ex-slaves. A decisive victory over the French secured the birth of Haiti, a key moment in the history of democracy.
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James. Account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803 and a slave named Toussaint L'Ouverture who helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.
The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804 by Philippe R. Girard. Examines Haiti's revolution, including in-fighting within the French government and the lives of those caught up in the revolutionary struggle.
Christophe: King of Haiti by Hubert Cole. A biography of Henry Christophe, who reigned as King Henry I in northern Haiti from 1811 until 1820, when rebellion in his kingdom drove him to commit suicide. Published in 1967.
Black Majesty: The Slave Who Became a King; The Life of Christophe, King of Haiti by John W. Vandercook, illustrated by Mahlon Blaine. Fictionalized account of the life of Henry Christophe, first published in 1928.
The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aimé Césaire, translated by Paul Breslin and Rachel Ney. A play about Henri Christophe, a former slave who declared himself king in 1811 and ruled the northern part of Haiti until 1820.
The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier, translated by Harriet De Onis. A few years after its liberation from French colonialist rule, Haiti experienced a period of unsurpassed brutality under the reign of King Henri-Christophe. This novel tells the story of the regime through the eyes of a slave.
Anacaona, Golden Flower: Haiti 1490 by Edwidge Danticat. Fiction from the Royal Diaries series for children ages 9 to 12. Anacaona was a popular queen of Haiti who suffered at the hands of Spanish conquistadors.
The Iron Thorn by Carey Robinson. About the defeat of the British by the Maroons.
The Mother of Us All: A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons by Karla Lewis Gottlieb. Queen Nanny was an Ashanti woman from Ghana, possibly a queen, who arrived in Jamaica in the 18th century and became a leader of the Maroons, former slaves who had founded their own communities.
The Story of the Jamaican People by Philip Sherlock and Hazel Bennett. Beginning with the first Jamaicans, the indigenous Tainos, the authors survey the struggles of the Jamaican people through Spanish and British colonial domination, resistance to slavery, emancipation, and political independence.
The book is illustrated with drawings, maps, photographs, prints and copies of offical documents and newspaper material.
Books About Rastafarianism
History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago by Eric Williams. Written by the country's former prime minister.
Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago by Michael Anthony. Concise dictionary entries describe the important people, places, events, and institutions as well as society, culture, and economy. Includes bibliography, maps and a chronology.
Chiefdoms and Chieftaincy in the Americas by Elsa M. Redmond, the International Congress of Americanists, and Neil L. Whitehead. About the development of hereditary chiefdoms.
The Indian Chief as Tragic Hero: Native Resistance and the Literatures of America, From Moctezuma to Tecumseh by Gordon M. Sayre. Analyzes the tragedies and epics written about these leaders, and their own speeches and strategies.
Chiefdoms, Collapse and Coalescence in the Early American South by Robin Beck. The transformation of Native American societies during the first two centuries following European contact, focusing on the peoples of the Carolina Piedmont, particularly the Catawba Indians and their neighbors.
The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas: Volume I, North America edited by Bruce G. Trigger and Wilcomb E. Washburn. The first comprehensive history of the native peoples of North America from their arrival in the western hemisphere to the present.
The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas: Volume II, Mesoamerica edited by Richard E. W. Adams and Murdo J. MacLeod. Native cultures of Mesoamerica before and after contact with Europeans. Covers such groups as the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan.
Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas: Volume III, South America edited by Frank Salomon and Stuart Schwartz. Concentrates on continental South America, but connected peoples in the Caribbean and lower Central America are also discussed.
A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples by Barry M. Pritzker. Covers USA regions. Reference with alphabetical listings on notable leaders, government, customs, dress, dwellings, weapons, religion, and more. From Oxford University Press.
Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando De Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms by Charles M. Hudson. Between 1539 and 1542, Hernando de Soto led a small army on a desperate journey of exploration across the Southeast part of what is now the United States. This book looks at where he went and what he found. 97 photos. 10 maps.
The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend. Presents an engaging portrait of this complex civilization.
The Allure of Nezahualcoyotl: Pre-Hispanic History, Religion, and Nahua Poetics by Jongsoo Lee. Nezahualcoyotl (1402-1472) was the poet-king of the Mexican city-state of Texcoco. This book examines original codices and poetry written in Nahuatl alongside Spanish chronicles to paint a realistic portrait of the legendary Aztec figure.
The Aztec Kings: The Construction of Rulership in Mexican History by Susan D. Gillespie. Focuses on the dynastic history of the Mexica of Tenochtitlan, whose stories reveal how the Aztecs used "history" to construct ideas about the nature of rulership.
Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico. In Tenochtitlán, the famed City of Dreams, he met Montezuma, king of 15 million people. In less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation.
Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas. This in-depth narrative offers engrossing portraits of Cortes and Montezuma.
Cortes and Montezuma by Maurice Collis is about Montezuma II.
Montezuma: Warlord of the Aztecs by Peter G. Tsouras. Account of Montezuma's fall from absolute monarch to prisoner of the Spaniards.
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel Leon-Portillo. Includes accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries.
Moctezuma's Children: Aztec Royalty Under Spanish Rule, 1520-1700 by Donald E. Chipman. Though the Aztec Empire fell to Spain in 1521, the principal heirs of the last emperor, Moctezuma II, were later acknowledged as royalty. This history follows the family's fortunes across two centuries.
Night of Sorrows: A Novel by Frances Sherwood. Fictional account of the mysterious Malintzín, born as an Aztec princess and sold as a slave, and her dashing and ruthless lover-master, conquistador Hernán Cortés.
The Poet King of Tezcoco: A Great Leader of Ancient Mexico by Francisco Serrano, illustrated by Pablo Serrano. King Nezahualcóyotl was a brilliant poet, architect, and engineer. This book relates his amazing life and achievements in a combination of biography and poetry. For children ages 9 to 12.
La Malinche: The Princess Who Helped Cortes Conquer an Empire by Francisco Serrano, illustrated by Pablo Serrano. Princess Malinali was a Náhuatl princess from the coast lands of Tabasco whose kingdom was at war with the Aztec Empire. She acted as an interpreter and advisor to Cortés, and also bore him a child. For ages 9 and up.
Montezuma and the Fall of the Aztecs by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Daniel San Souci. A picture book for children between the ages of 9 and 12.
Montezuma by Struan Reid. Children's book.
The Aztec Empire by Tony Allan. For children ages 9 to 12.
Books About Canada & Monarchy
Greenland and Vinland
Books About Greenland
Books About Vikings in the Americas
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The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall: Mixtec Lineage Histories and Political Biographies by Robert Lloyd Williams. The pre-Hispanic Mixtec people of Mexico recorded history, including biographies and genealogies of rulers, in pictograms.
The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World by Edward Shawcross. The tragedy of Maximilian and Carlota, who stumbled into power and faced bloody consequences.
Maximilian, Mexico, and the Invention of Empire by Kristine Ibsen. About the Second Empire period (1864-1867), when Napoleon III sought to control Mexico by installing Emperor Maximilian I.
The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico by Prince Michael of Greece, translated by Vincent Aurora. Born a Belgian princess, Charlotte (or Carlotta) married Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.
Recollections of Mexico: The Last Ten Months of Maximilian's Empire by Samuel Basch, translated by Fred Ullman. Samuel Basch was Mexican emperor Maximilian's personal physician.
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C. M. Mayo. Historical novel about the short, tragic reign of Emperor Maximilian.
The Empress: A Novel by Laura Martinez-Belli, translated by Simon Bruni. A novel about the tragic reign of Empress Carlota of Mexico.
Books About the Maya
Pedro Moya De Contreras: Catholic Reform and Royal Power in New Spain, 1571-1591 by Stafford Poole. Biography of a Spanish cleric and royalist who shaped the North American viceroyalty of New Spain.
More Books About Spanish Royalty
The King's Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688-1776 by Brendan McConville. American colonial society developed a political culture marked by strong attachment to Great Britain's monarchs.
The Eagle & the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy by Frank Prochaska. Examines American attitudes toward British royalty from the Revolution to the death of Princess Diana, arguing that the Founding Fathers created an elective king in the office of the president.
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding by Eric Nelson. Argues that many U.S. founding fathers saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown.
The English Royal Family of America, From Jamestown to the American Revolution by Michael A. Beatty. Biographical sketches of Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Charles II, James II, William III and Mary II, Anne, George I, George II, and George III, their spouses, and their legitimate children.
Crowning Glory: American Wives of Princes And Dukes by Richard Jay Hutto.
The Queen and the U.S.A. by Lord Watson of Richmond and H. Edward Mann. Celebrates the contribution of Queen Elizabeth II to the friendship between Britain and America.
The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Macintyre. The true story of Josiah Harlan, an American who forged his own kingdom in Afghanistan only to be ejected by the invading British.
Colonial Americans of Royal & Noble Descent: Alleged, Proven, and Disproven by Patricia Ann Scherzinger.
American-Born Wives of Royals:
Jordan: Queen Noor
Monaco: Grace Kelly
Sikkim: Hope Cooke
Westphalia: Betsy Bonaparte
U.S. Presidency & Monarchy
For Fear of an Elective King by Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon. In 1789, the United States government had to decide how to address the first president, George Washington. More than 30 titles were debated. Many had royal associations and some were clearly monarchical.
The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism by John Nichols. Argues that U.S. founders designed impeachment as one of the checks against executive power.
President or King? Evaluating the Expansion of Executive Power From Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush edited by Meena Bose. Analyses the growth of presidential power in the U.S. from the Civil War era to the present.
Our American King: A Novel by David Lozell Martin. Fiction. After the collapse of the U.S. federal government, a charismatic man called Tazza becomes king.
American Royals by Katharine McGee. Two and a half centuries after the American Revolution, the House of Washington remains on the throne. Princesses Beatrice and Samantha vie for the crown while two girls vie for the heart of their brother, Jefferson. For young adult readers.
Queen Anne's American Kings by Richmond Pugh Bond. In 1710, four Iroquois visited Britain and were treated as heads of state. They saw a performance of "Macbeth," witnessed the "royal sport" of cockfighting, and had a lengthy audience with Queen Anne.
Coacoochee's Bones: A Seminole Saga by Susan A. Miller. Relocated in 1841 from Florida to what is now Oklahoma, the Seminoles under chief Coacoochee resisted colonization. He led his people to Mexico, where they secured land.
Unconquered People: Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Indians by Brent Richards Weisman. Who are Florida's Siminole and Miccosukee Indians and where did they come from? This book explores their culture through archaeology, historical documents and their own words.
The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom-Seeking People by Kenneth W. Porter. The story of the Black Seminoles and their leader, Chief John Horse, which chronicles their struggle for freedom beginning in the early 1800s, when fugitive slaves joined the Seminoles.
The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida: Assimilation (Florida Museum of Natural History, Ripley P. Bullen Series, Vol 1) by John E. Worth and Jerald T. Milanich. New hardcover explores the relationship between Franciscans and the rulers of the Timucua Indian tribe.
The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida: Resistance and Destruction by John E. Worth. Volume 2.
Chief Ouray: Ute Peacemaker by Diane Shaughnessy and Jack Carpenter. A children's book.
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore. In 1675, tensions between Native Americans and colonists residing in New England erupted into King Philip's War, named after the leader of the Wampanoags. (This review © Amazon.com.)
King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias. King Philip went to war with English colonists in the 1670s. This book offers a reconstruction of events, first-person accounts, period illustrations, and maps.
King Philip's War, 1675-76: America's Deadliest Colonial Conflict by Gabriele Esposito, illustrated by Giuseppe Rava. Study of a major conflict between New England colonists and Native Americans led by Wampanoag chief Metacomet (Philip).
Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War by Lisa Brooks. Tells the story of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag (Native American) leader, who participated in the fight against English colonists known as King Philip's War.
Flintlock & Tomahawk: New England in King Philip's War by Douglas Edward Leach. Reprint of a classic account of a 17th century war between Native Americans and English colonists.
Brief History of King Philip's War, 1675-1677: Including Supplemental Material from Soldiers in King Philip's War by George M. Bodge.
Other Native Americans
Abenaki Warrior: The Life and Times of Chief Escumbuit, Big Island Pond, 1665-1727: French Hero! British Monster! Indian Patriot by Alfred E. Kayworth. Novel about Escumbuit, the Abenaki chief who lived 1665-1727. Includes an account of Escumbuit's visit to Versailles, where he was knighted by Louis XIV.
Red Jacket: Iroquois Diplomat and Orator by Christopher Densmore is about the 19th century Seneca chief.
Ojibwa Chiefs, 1690-1890: An Annotated Listing by John A. Ilko Jr lists about 800 chiefs. Includes many biographical sketches.
Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People by Candy Moulton. Biography of the legendary Nez Percé (native American) leader who worked heroically to keep his people in their homeland in Oregon.
The Autobiography of Red Cloud: War Leader of the Oglalas by Red Cloud, edited by Charles Allen and R. Eli Paul. Autobiography of the only Native American leader ever to win a war against the United States.
Books About Mayan Royalty and History
Understanding Belize: A Historical Guide by Alan Twigg. Tells the story of the country from its bizarre early days as a haven for pirates, through its colonial period as British Honduras, to its new status as a hotspot for Mayan archaeology. Includes original photos and a timeline.
The Ancient Maya of the Belize Valley: Half a Century of Archaeological Research edited by James F. Garber.
The Making of Modern Belize by C. H. Grant. Politics, society and British colonialism in Central America.
The History of Panama by Robert C. Harding. Chronicles key events and figures in the past 500 years of history, from Columbus to current day.
Spanish King of the Incas: The Epic Life of Pedro Bohórques by Ana Maria Lorandi. A 17th century Spanish man from an ordinary family, Pedro Bohorques presented himself as a descendent of Inca royalty and quickly rose to power as a king among the Calchaquíes of Tucumán (in what is now Argentina).
Books About the Incas
A Concise History of Bolivia by Herbert S. Klein. A survey of Bolivia's evolution from the arrival of early man in the Andes to the present.
Books About Brazil's History and Royalty
Books About Peru and the Incas