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Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776 (Paperback)
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Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776 (Paperback)

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Paperback 364 Pages / Published: 24/11/2008
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Transatlantic Encounters examines the diverse origins and experiences of approximately 175 American Indians and Inuits who traveled to the British Isles before the American Revolution. Their homelands ranged from northern Canada to Brazil, their ages from infant to nonagenarian, their statuses from slave (the largest category) to 'emperor', their occupations from warrior to missionary. Some American natives died soon after arrival, but others remained as long as fourteen years and returned home; still others, their arrival and death dates undocumented, may have endured long lives abroad. And always, Indians and Inuits fascinated the British people, whether the Americans were captives or on commercial display, interpreters-in-training, or voluntary voyagers to petition the monarch and tour Britain's famous sites. British artists painted their portraits and eminent writers invoked them in plays and essays. In the imperial crisis of 1776, Indian diplomats who had been to London would staunchly support the British Empire.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521738170
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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'This book has been needed for a long time. Transatlantic Encounters is groundbreaking in the range and thoroughness of its coverage. With lucid prose and vivid images that Cambridge University Press did well to reproduce, it could work well, at least in extracts, for undergraduate classes. For years to come it will serve as an indispensable resource for the study of Indians in Britain and of Indian-English contact, not to mention the many individuals treated in its pages. Vaughan's analysis of these encounters also promises to have substantial influence on the burgeoning field of Atlantic history.' Journal of American Ethnic History
'Using diaries, letters, news sheets, broadsides, government documents, and plays, along with nuanced analyses of portraits and illustrations of the natives, Vaughan has produced a chronological narrative exploring the goals, impact, and later activities of native visitors. In doing so, he has written an accessible and very engaging book that will appeal to students and academics alike.' Literature and History
"...a rich narrative of fascinating characters...small criticisms are heavily outweighed by Vaughan's commendable achievement of collecting and vibrantly retelling these stories in such a way as to continually highlight the diversity of these encounters, in which American Indian visitors acted as agents, captives, showpieces, and ambassadors." - H-Atlantic, Troy Bickham, Department of History, Texas A&M University
"It is to Vaughan's credit that he is able to bring such disparate and incomplete material together into a coherent whole that will appeal to anyone interested in the transatlantic dimensions of the European-Indian encounter." Timothy J. Shannon, The Journal of American History
"This is a fascinating, fast-paced, throughly documented, and highly readable book...With a keen eye for colorful detail, the author deserves praise for his efforts to identify and describe the historical dramatis personae, their motives, challenges, and often unhappy endings...Professor Vaughan deserves abundant praise for this deeply researched book...Vaughan's book makes us rethink who were the real savages in the colonial encounter." Harald E. L. Prins, Canadian Journal of History
"Vaughan has been a productive presence in the scholarship on colonial America for more than four decades, and his work has consistently been of high quality...His research is sound; he is reasonably open to interpretive approaches; and he writes well." -Frederic W. Gleach, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...Vaughan eloquently accomplishes his objective of compiling a comprehensive story of Indian visitors to Britain." -Elizabeth Mancke, New England Quarterly

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