Hutton Webster's "World History"
Read Chapter 8 and 9 on pages 281–334. Chapter 8 focuses on the rise of absolutist monarchies in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The first section of Chapter 9 addresses European colonization and trade during the same time period.
Click https://s3.amazonaws.com/saylordotorg-resources/wwwresources/content/general/world_history.pdf link to open resource.