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The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624
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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.

Contributors:
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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Peter C. Mancall
  3. pp. 1-26
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  1. PART ONE: NATIVE AMERICAN SETTINGS
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. Tsenacommacah and the Atlantic World
  2. Daniel K. Richter
  3. pp. 29-65
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  1. Between Old World and New: Oconee Valley Residents and the Spanish Southeast, 1540–1621
  2. Joseph Hall
  3. pp. 66-96
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  1. Escape from Tsenacommacah: Chesapeake Algonquians and the Powhatan Menace
  2. James D. Rice
  3. pp. 97-140
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  1. PART TWO: AFRICA AND THE ATLANTIC
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. The Caravel and the Caravan: Reconsidering Received Wisdom in the Sixteenth-Century Sahara
  2. E. Ann McDougall
  3. pp. 143-169
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  1. The Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic World
  2. David Northrup
  3. pp. 170-193
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  1. Central African Leadership and the Appropriation of European Culture
  2. Linda Heywood & John Thornton
  3. pp. 194-224
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  1. African Identity and Slave Resistance in the Portuguese Atlantic
  2. James H. Sweet
  3. pp. 225-248
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  1. PART THREE: EUROPEAN MODELS
  2. pp. 249-250
  1. The Multinational Commodification of Tobacco, 1492–1650: An Iberian Perspective
  2. Marcy Norton & Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert
  3. pp. 251-273
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  1. Revisioning the ‘‘French Atlantic’’: or, How to Think about the French Presence in the Atlantic, 1550–1625
  2. Philip P. Boucher
  3. pp. 274-306
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  1. Kings, Captains, and Kin: French Views of Native American Political Cultures in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
  2. Peter Cook
  3. pp. 307-341
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  1. Virginia’s Other Prototype: The Caribbean
  2. Philip D. Morgan
  3. pp. 342-380
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  1. PART FOUR: INTELLECTUAL CURRENTS
  2. pp. 381-382
  1. Moral Uncertainty in the Dispossession of Native Americans
  2. Andrew Fitzmaurice
  3. pp. 383-409
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  1. Discourses of Western Planting: Richard Hakluyt and the Making of the Atlantic World
  2. David Harris Sacks
  3. pp. 410-453
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  1. Reading Ralegh’s America: Texts, Books, and Readers in the Early Modern Atlantic World
  2. Benjamin Schmidt
  3. pp. 454-488
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  1. The Genius of Ancient Britain
  2. David S. Shields
  3. pp. 489-510
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  1. PART FIVE: THE ATLANTIC WORLD AND VIRGINIA, 1550–1624
  2. pp. 511-512
  1. Imperfect Understandings: Rumor, Knowledge, and Uncertainty in Early Virginia
  2. James Horn
  3. pp. 513-540
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  1. The Iberian Atlantic and Virginia
  2. J. H. Elliott
  3. pp. 541-557
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  1. Virginia and the Atlantic World
  2. Stuart B. Schwartz
  3. pp. 558-570
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  1. Conference Program
  2. pp. 571-574
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 575-594
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 595-596
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