With American independence came the freedom to sail anywhere in the world under a new flag. During the years between the Treaty of Paris and the Treaty of Wangxi, Americans first voyaged past the Cape of Good Hope, reaching the ports of Algiers and the bazaars of Arabia, the markets of India and the beaches of Sumatra, the villages of Cochin, China, and the factories of Canton. Their South Seas voyages of commerce and discovery introduced the infant nation to the world and the world to what the Chinese, Turks, and others dubbed the "new people."
Drawing on private journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, Dane A. Morrison's True Yankees traces America’s earliest encounters on a global stage through the exhilarating experiences of five Yankee seafarers. Merchant Samuel Shaw spent a decade scouring the marts of China and India for goods that would captivate the imaginations of his countrymen. Mariner Amasa Delano toured much of the Pacific hunting seals. Explorer Edmund Fanning circumnavigated the globe, touching at various Pacific and Indian Ocean ports of call. In 1829, twenty-year-old Harriett Low reluctantly accompanied her merchant uncle and ailing aunt to Macao, where she recorded trenchant observations of expatriate life. And sea captain Robert Bennet Forbes’s last sojourn in Canton coincided with the eruption of the First Opium War.
How did these bold voyagers approach and do business with the people in the region, whose physical appearance, practices, and culture seemed so strange? And how did native men and womennot to mention the European traders who were in direct competition with the Americansregard these upstarts who had fought off British rule? The accounts of these adventurous travelers reveal how they and hundreds of other mariners and expatriates influenced the ways in which Americans defined themselves, thereby creating a genuinely brash national characterthe "true Yankee." Readers who love history and stories of exploration on the high seas will devour this gripping tale.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #131|
|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
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
What People are Saying About This
"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 Seasin 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."
"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."