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By Cassander L. Smith

ISBN-10: 0807163848

ISBN-13: 9780807163849

As Spain and England vied for dominance of the Atlantic global throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, mounting political and non secular tensions among the 2 empires raised a troubling specter for modern British writers trying to justify early English imperial efforts. particularly, those writers all in favour of encounters with black Africans during the Atlantic international, trying to use those issues of touch to articulate and protect England’s worldwide targets. In Black Africans within the British mind's eye, Cassander L. Smith investigates how the actual presence of black Africans either enabled and disrupted English literary responses to Spanish imperialism. through interpreting the level to which this inhabitants helped to form early English narratives, from political pamphlets to travelogues, Smith bargains new views at the literary, social, and political influence of black Africans within the early Atlantic world.

With exact research of the earliest English-language money owed from the Atlantic global, together with writings through Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Ralegh, and Richard Ligon, Smith methods touch narratives from the viewpoint of black Africans, improving figures frequently relegated to the margins. This interdisciplinary learn explores understandings of race and cross-cultural interplay and revises notions of whiteness, blackness, and indigeneity. Smith unearths the level to which touch with black Africans impeded English efforts to stigmatize the Spanish empire as villainous and to malign Spain’s management of its colonies. additionally, her research illustrates how black presences inspired the narrative offerings of ecu (and later Euro-American) writers, delivering a extra nuanced figuring out of black Africans’ function in modern literary productions of the region.

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