The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul. Focuses on the period from discovery up to the revolutionary period. A lot happened in those 275 years that I had never heard of. Eastern North America was a pretty brutal place in those days.
Listen to every hint to old books and old folks tales, I was talking to a old farmer few years ago and he told me of a rock in a cypress swamp that was a meteor and was to take me there. I was reading " Cold before morning " a Florida book on early setting and there it was in 1800s it was witnessed crossing Gainesville Florida. Hes gone and I never took him up on it. Knowledge missed.