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True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity

True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity

by Dane A. Morrison
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ISBN-13: 9781421415420
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2014
Series: The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #131
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dane A. Morrison is a professor of early American history at Salem State University. He is the author of A Praying People: Massachusett Acculturation and the Failure of the Puritan Mission, 1600–1690 and the coeditor of Salem: Place, Myth and Memory and the World History Encyclopedia, volumes 11–13: The Age of Global Contact.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

The First Generation

1 Samuel Shaw's Polite Reception, 1784-1794 3

First Interlude: "Tempestuous Seas of Liberty," 1785-1790 51

2 Amasa Delano Opens the Great South Sea, 1790-1820 61

Second Interlude: "The Strangers Were Americans" 93

3 Edmund Fanning's "Voyages Round the World," 1792-1833 100

Third Interlude: "How T'other Side Looked" 138

The Second Generation

4 Harriett Low in Manila and Macao, 1829-1834 151

Fourth Interlude: "The Estimation of All Good Men" 184

5 Robert Bennet Forbes and the First Opium War, 1838-1840 194

Postscript 231

Notes 233

Index 251

What People are Saying About This

Eliga Gould

"What did it mean to be an independent nation? For New Englanders after the revolution, the answer to that question often lay not on their own shores but in the far-flung waters of the South Seas—in the commodity-rich ports of Canton, Calcutta and Cape Town, and in the oceans in between. As Dane Morrison shows in this important new book, the China Trade was where seafaring Yankees learned how precious their hard-won independence was, where they took the first steps toward having that independence accepted by others, and where they discovered what it meant to be Americans."

Eric Jay Dolan

"True Yankees offers a fresh, insightful, and fascinating perspective on how America’s early voyages of commerce and discovery to the exotic South Seas helped the new nation forge its identity and establish itself on the international stage. This is a book well worth reading."

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