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2nd Edition

Atlantic Lives
A Comparative Approach to Early America

ISBN 9781138577732
Published January 25, 2019 by Routledge
228 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Atlantic Lives offers insight into the lived experiences of a range of actors in the early modern Atlantic World. Organized thematically, each chapter features primary source selections from a variety of non-traditional sources, including travel narratives from West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The fully revised and expanded second edition goes into even greater depth in exploring the diverse roles and experiences of women, Native Americans, and Africans, as well as the critical theme of emerging capitalism and New World slavery. New chapters also address captivity experiences, intercultural religious encounters, and interracial sexuality and marriage. With classroom-focused discussion questions and suggested additional readings accompanying each chapter, Atlantic Lives provides students with a wide-ranging introduction to the many voices and identities that comprised the Atlantic World.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition


Introduction: What Is Atlantic History?


Chapter 1: Into the Atlantic Crucible

Selection 1: An Early Portuguese Encounter with West Africans

Selection 2: First News of Native Americans in Europe

Selection 3: An Indian Perspective on the Europeans' Arrival in North America

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 2: The Columbian Exchange

Selection 1: An Elizabethan Scientist Admires Indian Agriculture

Selection 2: The Exchange of Furs and Microbes in New France

Selection 3: A Military Officer Contemplates Life in a Beaver Lodge

Selection 4: Black Philadelphians Face a Yellow Fever Epidemic

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 3: Captivities

Selection 1: A German Soldier Fears being Cannibalized by his Native American Captors

Selection 2: The Captivities of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas

Selection 3: A Pennsylvania Woman's Adoption into an Indian Family

Selection 4: An African-American Sailor’s Serial Captivities

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 4: Religion and Conversion

Selection 1: A Revolt among Mission Indians in New Mexico

Selection 2: Native American Converts in Seventeenth-Century Canada

Selection 3: A Christian Indian Challenges His Colonial Mentor

Selection 4: An African American’s Conversion Experience during the Great Awakening

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 5: West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Selection 1: A Scottish Explorer Describes Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa

Selection 2: A European Describes a Slave-Trading Post

Selection 3: A Former Slave Remembers his Enslavement in Africa

Selection 4: A Surgeon Describes Conditions on a Slave Ship

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 6: The Plantation Complex in the Caribbean

Selection 1: Servants, Slaves, and Masters in Barbados

Selection 2: A Description of African Maroon Communities

Selection 3: A Former Slave Condemns the Inhumanity of Caribbean Slavery

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 7: The Spanish and Portuguese in the Americas

Selection 1: An English Traveler Explains the Repartimiento System in Spanish America

Selection 2: An Italian Priest Describes Social Relations in Mexico City

Selection 3: A Description of Plantation Society in Portuguese Brazil

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 8: The Dutch, French, and English in North America

Selection 1: An Dutch Traveler in New Netherland/New York, 1679-80

Selection 2: A French Military Officer Describes the Indians of Canada, 1757

Selection 3: Benjamin Franklin Calculates the Population of British North America

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 9: The Wooden World: Maritime Labor and Piracy

Selection 1: A Dutch Pirate in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

Selection 2: A Pirate Faces Execution in Boston

Selection 3: An American Sailor Experiences Impressment in the British Navy

Selection 4: A Woman's Perception of Life on a Whaling Ship

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 10: The Atlantic Highway: European Migrations

Selection 1: An Englishman Enters into an Indenture

Selection 2: A German Migrant’s Passage to America

Selection 3: A French Account of a Passage to Canada

Selection 4: Two Scottish Opinions on the Emigration Experience

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 11: Interracial Marriage and Sexuality in the Atlantic World

Selection 1: A French Nun Remarks on Native American Women

Selection 2: A Scottish Woman’s Impressions of Gender and Sexual Relations in the British West Indies and North Carolina

Selection 3: Interracial Intimacy in the Fur Trade

Selection 4: An Interracial Marriage Causes Controversy in New England

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 12: Enlightenment and Revolution

Selection 1: A French Expatriate Describes Colonial Society in British North America

Selection 2: A Trans-Atlantic Revolutionary's Attack on Monarchy and Aristocracy

Selection 3: An Anti-Slavery Advocate Defends the Slave Rebels in Saint-Domingue

Selection 4: A Creole Revolutionary's Vision for the Future of Spanish America

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chapter 13: Out of the Atlantic Crucible

Selection 1: A German Traveler Describes the Race-Based Social Order of Mexico

Selection 2: A French Traveler Considers the Future of Race Relations in the United States of America

Selection 3: A Free Black's Incendiary Call for the Destruction of Slavery

Selection 4: A Native American Challenges the Pilgrim Story

Discussion Questions

Suggested Readings


Chronology of Important Events in Atlantic World History

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Timothy J. Shannon is Professor of History at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.