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By Cynthia J. Van Zandt

ISBN-10: 0195181247

ISBN-13: 9780195181241

ISBN-10: 1435657373

ISBN-13: 9781435657373

In the course of the first 80 years of everlasting ecu colonization, webs of alliances formed North the US from northern New England to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and entangled all peoples in a single shape or one other. In Brothers between international locations, Cynthia Van Zandt argues that the pursuit of alliances was once a frequent multiethnic quest that formed the early colonial American international in essentially vital methods. those alliances may well produce stunning effects, with Europeans occasionally subservient to extra robust local American international locations, whilst local international locations have been occasionally consumers and tributaries of ecu colonists. Spanning 9 eu colonies, together with English, Dutch, and Swedish colonies, in addition to many local American countries and a group of transplanted Africans, Brothers between countries enlists a huge array of resources to light up the measure to which eu colonists have been usually one of the such a lot weak humans in North the USA and the centrality of local american citizens to the luck of the eu colonial undertaking.

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Authors of political pamphlets, theological treatises, and sermons found mapping, navigation, and seafaring metaphors ideally suited to make their arguments. For example, authors of very different tracts in an early seventeenth-century pamphlet debate each used mapping analogies to drive home points about social and political issues. They argued over the extent to which England needed to increase its foreign trade and colonial efforts, which was a proposition of great interest in the early seventeenth century.

Willem Lodewijcksz, for instance, included engraved drawings of native peoples from the Cape of Good Hope and Madagascar in his account of several Dutch voyages. 78 When Willem Kieft was called back to the Dutch Republic from his position as director general of the Dutch West India Company’s North American colony of Nieuw Nederlandt, he carried with him maps, mineral samples, and written descriptions of the region. His materials also included accounts of the colony, many of which would certainly have provided information about Native Americans.

34 If mapping imagery readily lent itself to discussions of religion and history, mapping and navigational figures of speech also seemed ideal for describing politics and current affairs. In a published sermon, Daniel Dike assured his listeners in 1617 that Christ would weather the storms of earthly turmoil with them. ” he asked. “Because . . the sea rageth, and the waues thereof storme, and threaten shipwracke? ”35 For English people, the power of mapping and navigation phrases continued throughout the first half of the seventeenth century.

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