The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624 / Edition 1

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In response to the global turn in scholarship on colonial and early modern history, the eighteen essays in this volume provide a fresh and much-needed perspective on the wider context of the encounter between the inhabitants of precolonial Virginia and the English. This collection offers an interdisciplinary consideration of developments in Native America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake, highlighting the mosaic of regions and influences that formed the context and impetus for the English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. The volume reflects an understanding of Jamestown not as the birthplace of democracy in America but as the creation of a European outpost in a neighborhood that included Africans, Native Americans, and other Europeans.

With contributions from both prominent and rising scholars, this volume offers far-ranging and compelling studies of peoples, texts, places, and conditions that influenced the making of New World societies. As Jamestown marks its four-hundredth anniversary, this collection provides provocative material for teaching and launching new research.

Philip P. Boucher, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Peter Cook, Nipissing University
J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford
Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Sydney
Joseph Hall, Bates College
Linda Heywood, Boston University
James Horn, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
E. Ann McDougall, University of Alberta
Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California
Philip D. Morgan, Johns Hopkins University
David Northrup, Boston College
Marcy Norton, The George Washington University
James D. Rice, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania
David Harris Sacks, Reed College
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University
David S. Shields, University of South Carolina
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, McGill University
James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin, Madison
John Thornton, Boston University

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[A] very fine edited collection. . . . A rewarding read and an important reminder that the first permanent English settlement in North America survived.—Journal of British Studies
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Meet the Author

Peter C. Mancall is professor of history and anthropology at the University of Southern California and director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is author of Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America and editor of Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery: An Anthology.

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Table of Contents

Preface     V
Introduction   Peter C. Mancall     1
Native American Settings
Tsenacommacah and the Atlantic World   Daniel K. Richter     29
Between Old World and New: Oconee Valley Residents and the Spanish Southeast, 1540-1621   Joseph Hall     66
Escape from Tsenacommacah: Chesapeake Algonquians and the Powhatan Menace   James D. Rice     97
Africa and the Atlantic
The Caravel and the Caravan: Reconsidering Received Wisdom in the Sixteenth-Century Sahara   E. Ann McDougall     143
The Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic World   David Northrup     170
Central African Leadership and the Appropriation of European Culture   Linda Heywood   John Thornton     194
African Identity and Slave Resistance in the Portuguese Atlantic   James H. Sweet     225
European Models
The Multinational Commodification of Tobacco, 1492-1650: An Iberian Perspective   Marcy Norton   Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert     251
Revisioning the "French Atlantic": or, How to Think about the French Presence in the Atlantic, 1550-1625   Philip P. Boucher     274
Kings, Captains, and Kin: French Views of Native American Political Cultures in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries   Peter Cook     307
Virginia's Other Prototype: The Caribbean   Philip D. Morgan     342
Intellectual Currents
Moral Uncertainty in the Dispossession of Native Americans   Andrew Fitzmaurice     383
Discourses of Western Planting: Richard Hakluyt and the Making of the Atlantic World   David Harris Sacks     410
Reading Ralegh's America: Texts, Books, and Readers in the Early Modern Atlantic World   Benjamin Schmidt     454
The Genius of Ancient Britain   David S. Shields     489
The Atlantic World and Virginia, 155O-1624
Imperfect Understandings: Rumor, Knowledge, and Uncertainty in Early Virginia   James Horn     513
The Iberian Atlantic and Virginia   J. H. Elliott     541
Virginia and the Atlantic World   Stuart B. Schwartz     558
Conference Program     571
Index     575
Notes on the Contributors     595
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