By Caroline A. Williams
''Bridging the Early sleek Atlantic World'' brings jointly ten unique essays via a world workforce of students exploring the complicated results of the intermingling of individuals, circulate of products, trade of knowledge, and publicity to new principles which are the hallmark of the early glossy Atlantic. Spanning the interval from the earliest French crossings to Newfoundland in the beginning of the 16th century to the tip of the wars of independence in Spanish South the United States, c. 1830, and encompassing a number disciplinary ways, the individuals direct specific consciousness to areas, groups, and teams whose actions in, and responses to, an ever-more heavily sure Atlantic international stay rather under-represented within the literature. the various chapters specialize in the event of Europeans, together with French shoppers of Newfoundland cod, English retailers forming households in Spanish Seville, and Jewish refugees from Dutch Brazil making the Caribbean island of Nevis their domestic. Others specialise in the ways that the populations with whom Europeans got here into touch, enslaved, or between whom they settled - the Tupi peoples of Brazil, the Kriston girls of the west African port of Cacheu, between others - tailored to and have been replaced by means of their interactions with formerly unknown peoples, items, associations, and ideas. including the sizeable advent by means of the editor which experiences the importance of the sector as a complete, those essays catch the complexity and diversity of expertise of the numerous women and men who got here into touch through the interval, when highlighting and illustrating the porous and fluid nature, in perform, of the Early sleek Atlantic international.
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The fishermen preceded the explorers – sometimes serving as their guides – and they were the first to exploit the resources of the North American continent. The fishery was a ‘proto-colonial’ activity that helped to initiate the process of colonization through consumption. Since codfish is a food, its consumption expressed effectively the desire to colonize. Eating gives agency to foods and to people. ), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 3–63; Michael Dietler and Brian Hayden, ‘Digesting the Feast – Good to Eat, Good to Drink, Good to Think: An Introduction’, in Michael Dietler and Brian Hayden (eds), Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on Food, Politics and Power (Washington, 2001), pp.
Secondly, the emphasis in a number of the chapters on the non- Introduction 31 European experience serves to remind us that African and indigenous American peoples were neither passive nor marginal participants in the changes set in motion as the Atlantic world came gradually into being. The agency of Africans and native Americans – their capacity and willingness, that is, to use a variety of means to advance or protect their own interests and/or those of their own people – has of course long since been recognized by scholars whose perspective is centred on the indigenous populations of both continents.
In paying particular attention to the physical characteristics of the region, the location, scale, and form of construction of the fortifications built to defend the colony, and the miscalculations made in both Scotland and at the local level concerning, among other key issues, supplies and provisions, Horton offers a fuller and more nuanced interpretation of the failure of what has come to be known as the Scottish Darien Scheme. Introduction 29 Archaeologist Kenneth Kelly explores African responses to trade and interaction with Europeans in the trading state of Hueda (with its capital at Savi) and its successor Dahomey (which channelled trade though Ouidah) over the period stretching from the mid-seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century.
Bridging the Early Modern Atlantic World by Caroline A. Williams