Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents

Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents

by Jill Lepore
     
 

A collection of primary sources documenting the early clash of cultures in the Americas, Encounters in the New World spans the years from Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the publication of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789. Emotional eyewitness accounts-memoirs, private correspondence-as well as formal documents, official reports, and… See more details below

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A collection of primary sources documenting the early clash of cultures in the Americas, Encounters in the New World spans the years from Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the publication of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789. Emotional eyewitness accounts-memoirs, private correspondence-as well as formal documents, official reports, and journalistic reportage give body and texture to the historical events described. A special 16-page cartographic section, including maps from Europe and North America, is fascinating not only for the maps' telltale imperfections, but also because they convey information about how their creators saw themselves and the world around them. A Jesuit priest's chronicle of life among his Iroquois captors, Aztec records of forbidding omens, excerpts from Columbus's ship's log, John Smith's account of cannibalism among the British residents of Jamestown, slave auction advertisements, memoirs by several members of Cortes's expedition, the reminiscences of an escaped slave-these are just a few examples of the wealth of primary sources collected here.

Jill Lepore, winner of the distinguished Bancroft Prize for history in 1999, provides informed commentary linking the documents into a fascinating and seamless narrative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195105131
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/17/2000
Series:
Pages from History Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

What is a Document?6
How to Read a Document8
Introduction11
On the Turtle's Back12
Why Europe?14
Dealing with the Documents15
Chapter 1Mapping the World17
Ptolemy's Revolution18
The Christian World21
An Expanding World22
America Emerges24
Vanishing Maps29
Lines and Circles30
Chapter 2First Encounters33
Prophecies, Plans, and Fantasies34
First Impressions39
Gods? Savages?44
Dividing the Sexes49
A Catalog of Nature53
Indians Abroad55
Chapter 3Conquest and Resistance59
Montezuma, Quetzalcoatl, and Cortes61
An Eight-Year Journey68
Invading the Interior70
The Great Debate75
Missions and Presidios78
Chapter 4Furs, Rivers, and Black Robes87
The Peoples of the Longhouse88
A New France91
The Society of Jesus96
New Worlds, New Women100
Covenants of War and Peace103
Chapter 5The English Arrive107
Go West108
Roanoke, the Lost Colony112
Powhatan and His People115
Founding Jamestown116
Pocahontas and Her Legacy121
Chapter 6Africans in America125
Kidnapped130
Tips for Slave Traders132
Ships of Death135
For Sale137
Africans' New Worlds138
Two Views142
Runaways and Rebels144
Chapter 7Planting New England147
Metacom's Rebellion149
Manitou and the City on a Hill155
Marking the Landscape158
Praying Indians160
Timeline164
Further Reading167
Text Credits169
Picture Credits171
Index173

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