Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640

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Peter C. Mancall
Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1995 - History - 182 pages
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What were the English reading about the "New World" in the early decades of colonization? This unique collection explores 10 primary documents - promotional tracts, reports to monarchs, travel narratives, and the like - from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries to reveal the visions and motives of those who promoted emigration and those who participated in it. An introductory essay places these documents within the historical context of Europe and the Americas during the Age of Discovery. Also included are 16 contemporary engravings of Native Americans, questions to consider when reading the documents, a chronology of exploration and colonization in the Americas, a bibliography, and an index.

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User Review  - Rick Wong - Goodreads

Read for school. The intros were nice from Mancall, it helped to get a feel for what the different authors were writing about. Unless you're used to the Old English writing, it can be hard to read ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Peter C. Mancall is professor of history and anthropology at the University of Southern California and director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is author of "Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America" and editor of "Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery: An Anthology".

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