The essays are divided into five parts. They are: Europe and Indigenous Peoples, War and Imperial Rivalries, Migration, Trade, and the Transatlantic Economy, Slavery, and Abolition and Emancipation.
Reviews"These essays not only provide much new information about this region but also contribute to the broader understanding of global history." -- Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"This superior set of splendidly edited and introduced essays is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural history at its best. Although intellectually sophisticated and focused on difficult problems, the essays are clearly written, free of jargon, and accessible to students and general readers as well as invaluable for specialists."-- Eugene D. Genovese