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A collection of primary sources documenting the early clash of cultures in the Americas, Encounters in the New World spans the years from Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the publication of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789. Emotional eyewitness accounts--memoirs, petitions, diaries, captivity narratives, private correspondence--as well as formal documents, official reports, and journalistic reportage give body and texture to the historical events described. A special 16-page color cartographic section, including maps from both Europe and North America, is fascinating not only for the maps' telltale imperfections, but also because they convey information about how their creators saw themselves and the world around them. A Jesuit priest's chronicle of life among his Iroquois captors, Aztec records of forbidding omens, excerpts from Columbus's ship's log, John Smith's account of cannibalism among the British residents of Jamestown, slave auction advertisements, memoirs by several members of Cortes's expedition, the reminiscences of an escaped slave-these are just a few examples of the wealth of primary sources collected here. Jill Lepore, winner of the distinguished Bancroft Prize for history in 1999, provides informed, expert commentary linking the documents into a fascinating and seamless narrative.

Textbooks may interpret history, but the books in the Pages from History series are history. Each title, compiled and edited by a prominent historian, is a collection of primary sources relating to a particular topic of historical significance. Documentary evidence including news articles, government documents, memoirs, letters, diaries, fiction, photographs, and facsimiles allows history to speak for itself and turns every reader into a historian. Headnotes, extended captions, sidebars, and introductory essays provide the essential context that frames the documents. All the books are amply illustrated and each spans the years froincludes a documentary picture essay, chronology, further reading, source notes, and index.

Synopsis:

From Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the publication of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789, Jill Lepore, winner of the distinguished Bancroft Prize for history, brings to life in exciting, first-person detail some of the earliest events in American history in Encounters in the New World.

Providing fascinating commentary along the way, Lepore seamlessly links together primary sources that illustrate the powerful clash of cultures in the Americas. Through emotional eyewitness accounts — memoirs, petitions, diaries, captivity narratives, private correspondence — formal documents, official reports, and journalistic reportage, dramatic stories of the New World are revealed, including:

* A Jesuit priest's chronicle of life among his Iroquois captors

* Aztec records of forbidding omens

* John Smith's account of cannibalism among the British residents of Jamestown

* Memoirs by members of Cortes's expedition

* Reminiscences of an escaped slave

A special 16-page color cartographic section, including maps from both Europe and North America, provides a fascinating look at how the maps' creators saw themselves and the world around them.

About the Author

Jill Lepore is an Associate Professor of History at Boston University, where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for American and New England Studies. Her previous works include A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States (Knopf, 2002) and The Name of War: King Philip's War and American Identity (Knopf, 1998), Winner of the Bancroft Prize, Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Berkshire Prize, and the New England Historical Association Prize, and a selection of the History Book Club.

Table of Contents

What is a Document?

How to Read a Document

Introduction

On the Turtle's Back

Why Europe?

Dealing with the Documents

1. Mapping the World

Ptolemy's Revolution

The Christian World

An Expanding World

America Emerges

Vanishing Maps

Lines and Circles

2. First Encounters

Prophecies, Plans, and Fantasies

First Impressions

Gods? Savages?

Dividing the Sexes

A Catalog of Nature

Indians Abroad

3. Conquest and Resistance

Montezuma, Quetzalcoatl, and Cortes

An Eight-Year Journey

Invading the Interior

The Great Debate

Missions and Presidios

4. Furs, Rivers, and Black Robes

The Peoples of the Longhouse

A New France

The Society of Jesus

New Worlds, New Women

Covenants of War and Peace

5. The English Arrive

Go West

Roanoke, the Lost Colony

Powhatan and His People

Founding Jamestown

Pocahontas and Her Legacy

6. Africans in America

Kidnapped

Tips for Slave Traders

Ships of Death

For Sale

Africans' New Worlds

Two Views

Runaways and Rebels

7. Planting New England

Metacom's Rebellion

Manitou and the City on a Hill

Marking the Landscape

Praying Indians

Timeline

Further Reading

Text Credits

Picture Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195154917
Author:
Lepore, Jill
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Jill
Subject:
History
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
History - Exploration & Discovery
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Native American
Subject:
History, American | Colonial
Subject:
History, American | Colonial and Revolutionary
Subject:
United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Subject:
Indians -- First contact with Europeans.
Subject:
Indians -- History.
Subject:
History, American | Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Edition Description:
hardcover burgundy
Series:
Pages from History
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Language:
English
Illustrations:
96 b/w and 14 color illus
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.900 x 9.900 in 0.969 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , From Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the publication of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789, Jill Lepore, winner of the distinguished Bancroft Prize for history, brings to life in exciting, first-person detail some of the earliest events in American history in Encounters in the New World.

Providing fascinating commentary along the way, Lepore seamlessly links together primary sources that illustrate the powerful clash of cultures in the Americas. Through emotional eyewitness accounts — memoirs, petitions, diaries, captivity narratives, private correspondence — formal documents, official reports, and journalistic reportage, dramatic stories of the New World are revealed, including:

* A Jesuit priest's chronicle of life among his Iroquois captors

* Aztec records of forbidding omens

* John Smith's account of cannibalism among the British residents of Jamestown

* Memoirs by members of Cortes's expedition

* Reminiscences of an escaped slave

A special 16-page color cartographic section, including maps from both Europe and North America, provides a fascinating look at how the maps' creators saw themselves and the world around them.

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