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Title:
Ceremonies of possession in Europe's conquest of the New World, 1492-1640
Author:
Seed, Patricia.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
viii, 199 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Houses, gardens, and fences: signs of English possession in the New World -- Ceremonies: the theatrical rituals of French political possession -- The requirement: a protocol for conquest -- "A new sky and new stars": Arabic and Hebrew science, Portuguese seamanship, and the discovery of America -- Sailing in the wake of the Portuguese.
ISBN:
9780521497480

9780521497572
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Book

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Summary

This work of comparative history explores the array of ceremonies that the English, the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch performed to enact their taking possession of the New World. The book develops the historic cultural contexts of these ceremonies, and tackles the implications of these histories for contemporary nation-states of the post-colonial era.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Houses, gardens, and fences: signs of English possession in the New World
2 Ceremonies: the theatrical rituals of French political possession
3 The requirement: a protocol for conquest
4 'A New Sky and New Stars': Arabic and Hebrew science, Portuguese seamanship, and the discovery of America
5 Sailing in the wake of the Portuguese; Conclusion: The habits of history