Coastal Encounters: The Transformation of the Gulf South in by Richmond F. Brown

By Richmond F. Brown

Coastal Encounters opens a window onto the attention-grabbing international of the eighteenth-century Gulf South. Stretching from Florida to Texas, the quarter witnessed the complicated collision of eu, African, and local American peoples. The Gulf South provided a unprecedented degree for eu rivalries to play out, allowed a Native-based frontier trade approach to improve along an rising slave-based plantation economic system, and enabled the development of an city community of surprising chance at no cost humans of colour. After being long-neglected in want of the English colonies of the Atlantic coast, the colonial Gulf South has now develop into the focal point of recent and fascinating scholarship.

Coastal Encounters brings jointly major specialists and rising students to supply a portrait of the Gulf South within the eighteenth century. The individuals depict the amazing variations that took place—demographic, cultural, social, political, and economic—and research the alterations from a number of views, together with these of local american citizens, Europeans, and Africans; colonizers and colonized; women and men. the phenomenal essays during this booklet argue for the critical position of this dynamic quarter in colonial history.

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Although Mary Dickinson was able to earn a few meals of fish by suckling an Indian newborn, it was becoming clear that the castaways had overstayed their welcome in Ais:  Escape of the Nickaleers Sometimes they would look upon us as though they had some ill intent towards the whole of us: at other times they would tell us (who were nominally Spaniards) how and in what manner those of Smith’s company should be put to death. . Sometimes doubts would arise amongst us concerning what would be the end of us, and what manner of death we should pass through.

9 So essential questions about the role of Spanish Borderlands studies in early American history lingered for most of the twentieth century. How should Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, as well as New Mexico, Arizona, and California, be related to other colonies in North America? Are there comparisons and connections worth pursuing that would result in a wider, even a deeper, understanding of American colonial history? Can the history of French and Spanish colonization be raised from their subordinate role in United States national narratives and be understood on their own terms while still providing grist for the comparative mill?

The fact that the castaways had refused to head southward from Jobé, the usual course for Spanish survivors on the lower coast, had put their identity in doubt. A week passed, with the Ais becoming increasingly hostile: “for they would now daily be asking us, if we were not Nickaleer? or English? And would not be satisfied with a denial” (57). The Old Cacique now said that only one of them could go with him to St. Augustine. The consensus among the group was to send Dickinson, but Kirle and Dickinson overruled the others and appointed Solomon because he could speak the Spanish language well, and no other of us could: and should any other of us have gone and come amongst those Indians to the northward, who we supposed could speak the Spanish language well, we should be discovered to be what these people did suppose we were.

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