Abstract

Seventeenth century mercantilist economics is based on "translating": foreign wealth changes meaning or value in becoming domestic property. The Pocahontas story manipulates biographical evidence to mercantilist ends: she is "translated" by love and marriage into a British subject, "domesticating" her Indian lands into British/American property. Retelling this story keeps American mercantilism alive, reaffirming the mythic belief that the US is the inevitable end-product of all translation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 128-136
Launched on MUSE
2009-08-05
Open Access
No
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