Atlantic Lives : Comparative Approach to Early America / Edition 1

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Web/Online Copy: Atlantic Lives is a primary source reader designed for undergraduate courses in Early American and Atlantic World History.

Organized thematically, each chapter features primary source selections that place Early American History in a comparative context with the wider Atlantic World. These selections come from a wide variety of non-traditional sources, including travel narratives from West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Features of the book include discussion questions and recommended readings at the end of each chapter as well as maps and illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321077103
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,140,949
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents



Introduction: What Is Atlantic History?

1. Into the Atlantic Crucible.

An Early Portuguese Encounter with West Africans.

From The Voyages of Cadamosto and Other Documents in Western Africa in the Second Half of the Fifteenth Century, ed. G.R. Crone (London: Hakluyt Society, 1937).

First Impressions in South America.

From Jean de Léry, History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Otherwise Called America translated by Janet Whately (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1990).

An Indian Perspective on the Europeans' Arrival in North America.

From A Treaty, Held at the Town of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, by the Honourable the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province, and the Honourable the Commissioners for the Provinces of Virginia and Maryland, with the Indians of the Six Nations, in June, 1744. (Philadelphia: B. Franklin, 1744).

2. The Columbian Exchange.

An Elizabethan Scientist Admires Indian Agriculture.

From Thomas Hariot, A brief and true report of the new found land of Virginia, in Richard Hakluyt, The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (London: George Bishop, 1589).

The Exchange of Furs and Microbes in New France.

From Reuben G. Thwaites, editor, The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791, 73 volumes (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers, 1896-1901).

A Military Officer Contemplates Life in a Beaver Lodge.

From [Thomas Anburey], Travels through the Interior Parts of America, 2 volumes (London: William Lane, 1789).

3. Captivity and Conversion: Religion and the European-Indian Encounter.

A French Missionary's Captivity among the Mohawks.

From Reuben G. Thwaites, editor, The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791, 73 volumes (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers, 1896-1901).

A Pennsylvania Woman's Adoption into an Indian Family.

From James E. Seaver, editor, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison (1824; New York: The American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, 1918).

A Christian Indian Challenges His Colonial Mentor.

From James Dow McCallum, editor, Letters of Eleazar Wheelock's Indians (Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College Publications, 1932).

4. West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade.

An African Experiences Enslavement.

From Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789; Halifax: J. Nicholson, 1813).

A European Describes a Slave-Trading Post.

From Letters on West Africa and the Slave Trade: Paul Erdmann Isert's Journey to Guinea and the Caribbean Islands in Columbia (1788), translated and edited by Selena Axelrod Winsnes (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1992).

5. The Plantation Complex in the Caribbean.

Servants, Slaves, and Masters in Barbados.

From Richard Ligon, A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes, 2nd ed. (London: Peter Parker and Thomas Guy, 1673).

A Description of African Maroon Communities.

From John Gabriel Stedman, Stedman's Surinam: Life in an Eighteenth-Century Slave Society, edited by Richard Price and Sally Price (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).

6. The Spanish and Portuguese in the Americas.

Two Views of the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico, 1680.

From Charles Wilson Hackett, Revolt of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Otermín's Attempted Reconquest, 1680-82, translated by Charmion Clair Shelby, 2 volumes (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1942).

A Description of Plantation Society in Portuguese Brazil.

From Children of God's Fire: A Documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil, edited by Robert Edgar Conrad (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994).

7. The Dutch, French, and English in North America.

A Dutch Traveler in New Netherland/New York, 1679-80.

From Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680, edited by Bartlett Burleigh James and J. Franklin Jameson (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1913).

A French Military Officer Describes the Indians of Canada, 1757.

From Adventure in the Wilderness: The American Journals of Louis Antoine de Bougainville, 1765-1760, translated and edited by Edward P. Hamilton (1964; Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990).

Benjamin Franklin Calculates the Population of British North America.

From Benjamin Franklin, “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind,” in William Clark, Observations on the late and present Conduct of the French with regard to their Encroachments on the British Colonies in North America…to which is added…Observations concerning the Increase of Mankind (Boston: S. Kneeland, 1755).

8. The Wooden World: Maritime Labor and Piracy.

A Dutch Pirate in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean.

From From John Esquemeling, The Buccaneers of America, edited by William Stallybrass, second edition (London: William Crooke, 1684).

An African's Seafaring Odyssey in the Atlantic World.

From Briton Hammon, A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man, Servant to General Winslow, of Marshfield, New England, Who Returned to Boston, after having been Absent almost Thirteen Years (Boston: Green and Russell, 1760).

A Woman's Perception of Life on a Whaling Ship.

From She Went A-Whaling: The Journal of Martha Smith Brewer Brown from Orient, Long Island, New York, around the World on the Whaling Ship Lucy Ann, 1847-1849, transcribed and edited by Anne MacKay (Orient, New York: Oysterponds Historical Society, 1993).

9. The Atlantic Highway: European Migrations.

A German Warns his Countrymen about the Perils of Migration.

From Gottlieb Mittelberger, Journey to Pennsylvania, edited and translated by Oscar Handlin and John Clive (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960).

A French Account of a Passage to Canada.

From Travels in New France by J.C.B., edited by Sylvester K. Stevens, Donald H. Kent, and Emma Edith Woods (Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1941).

Two Scottish Opinions on the Emigration Experience.

From Discoveries of America: Personal Accounts of British Emigrants to North America during the Revolutionary Era, edited by Barbara De Wolfe (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

10. Constructing Gender in the Atlantic World.

A French Nun Remarks on Native American Women.

From Word from New France: The Selected Letters of Marie de L'Incarnation, translated and edited by Joyce Marshall (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967).

Moravian Women's Spiritual Autobiographies.

From Moravian Women's Memoirs: Their Related Lives, 1750-1820, translated and edited by Katherine M. Faull (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997).

A Scottish Woman's Impressions of Gender Relations in the British West Indies and North Carolina.

From Journal of a Lady of Quality, Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776, edited by Evangeline Walker Andrews and Charles McLean Andrews (London: Oxford University Press, 1923).

11. Enlightenment and Revolution.

A French Expatriate Describes Colonial Society in British North America.

From J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, “What is an American?” in Letters from an American Farmer (1782; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1926).

A Trans-Atlantic Revolutionary's Attack on Monarchy and Aristocracy.

From Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, Part First (1791), in The Political Works of Thomas Paine, (New York: Calvin Blanchard, 1860).

A Creole Revolutionary's Vision for the Future of Spanish America.

From Selected Writings of Bolivar, compiled by Vicente Lecuna, edited by Harold A. Bierck, Jr., and translated by Lewis Bertrand, two volumes, 2nd ed. (New York: The Colonial Press, 1951).

12. Out of the Atlantic Crucible.

A German Traveler Describes the Race-Based Social Order of Mexico.

From Alexander von Humboldt, Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain, edited by Mary Maples Dunn (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972).

A French Traveler Considers the Future of Race Relations in the United States of America.

From Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 2 volumes (1835; New York: J. & H. G. Langley, 1841).

A Free Black's Incendiary Call for the Destruction of Slavery.

From David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (1829) in Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life, by Henry Highland Garnet (New York: J. H. Tobitt, 1848).

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