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Nicholas Canny

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205623.001.0001

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England’s New World and the Old, 1480s–1630s

England’s New World and the Old, 1480s–1630s

(p.148) 7 England’s New World and the Old, 1480s–1630s
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire

Nicholas Canny

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how English people accommodated America and its inhabitants into their thinking during the century-and-a-half succeeding the first encounter — a subject that riveted the attention of earlier scholars but that has been strangely neglected by recent historians of England. Those persisting in the established lines of enquiry have been primarily interested in trade, and few recent historians of early modern England have been concerned with the intellectual responses of English observers to foreign peoples and places. The limited extent to which these early English voyagers appreciated America as a New World was acknowledged in 1625 by Samuel Purchas when he stated that accounts of pre-1580 voyages were situated by him, in his multivolume Pilgrimes, with texts relating to travel in the Old World because the navigators had then been ‘sailing from and for Europe’ and spent ‘most of their time on the Asian and African coasts’.

Keywords:   America, England, trade, voyagers, New World, Samuel Purchas, Pilgrimes, Old World, Europe

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