Brothers Among Nations: The Pursuit of Intercultural by Cynthia J. Van Zandt

By Cynthia J. Van Zandt

Through the first 80 years of everlasting ecu colonization, webs of alliances formed North the USA from northern New England to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and entangled all peoples in a single shape or one other. In Brothers between countries, Cynthia Van Zandt argues that the pursuit of alliances was once a frequent multiethnic quest that formed the early colonial American global in essentially vital methods. those alliances may possibly produce brilliant effects, with Europeans occasionally subservient to extra strong local American countries, while local countries have been occasionally consumers and tributaries of eu colonists. Spanning 9 ecu colonies, together with English, Dutch, and Swedish colonies, in addition to many local American countries and a neighborhood of transplanted Africans, Brothers between countries enlists a extensive array of resources to light up the measure to which ecu colonists have been usually one of the such a lot weak humans in North the US and the centrality of local americans to the luck of the ecu colonial venture.

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The book then concentrates on actual intercultural interactions between peoples during the first half of the seventeenth century. In doing so, Brothers among Nations pays particular attention to a number of early, short-lived connections and colonies from the first two decades of the seventeenth century. Although these very early contacts and colonial ventures are well known in general terms, historians have tended to study them either in isolation (for what they can tell us about the early colonial history of a particular town or state) or primarily as examples of colonial failures.

Because systematic observation was an essential component of the art and skill of navigation, navigators’ proficiency and their usual goal of trade or colonization were inextricably bound up with Europeans’ interest in examining the natural world, as well as people from other cultures. Navigation absorbed the energies and imaginations of mariners, colonial promoters, and overseas merchants, but its influence and appeal did not end there. As changes in print and cartographic technologies increased Europeans’ familiarity with mapping concepts and navigation techniques, Europeans extended the language and concepts from the practical problems of mapping and navigation and applied them also to a wide variety of political and cultural relationships.

31 Making an even more direct analogy between Christian and navigational guidance, Robert Mandevill published Timothies Taske or A Christian Sea-Card 25 brothers among nations in 1619. ”32 The whole volume followed the navigational premise of its title. Mandevill compared the elements of the Christian tradition to early modern international trade on the seas and incorporated a distinctly Protestant slant: “The Prophets are Gods factors, sent to negotiate in these remote Regions. There traffick is the reconciliation & gain of soules.

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