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Kristina Bross

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190665135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190665135.001.0001

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“These Shall Come from Far”

“These Shall Come from Far”

Global Networks of Faith

(p.92) Chapter 3 “These Shall Come from Far”
Future History

Kristina Bross

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 analyzes English claims to a central role in a global network of indigenous and English people connected by faith around the world, claims made manifest in Of the Conversion of Five Thousand Nine Hundred Indians on the Island of Formosa, a 1650 publication by Baptist minister Henry Jessey, printed by radical bookseller Hannah Allen. It reports on Dutch missions in Taiwan, comparing them with evangelism efforts in New England. The coda considers the experiences of an Algonquian woman who is unnamed in Jessey’s tract but is identified as a basket maker, speculating on the meaning she may have encoded in her basket designs. Though we cannot “read” them directly, the fact that she made them, coupled with the provocative arguments offered by recent scholars about Native material culture in the colonial period, enables us to reconsider the print archive in which she appears.

Keywords:   Henry Jessey, Of the Conversion of Five Thousand Nine Hundred Indians on the Isle of Formosa, Hannah Allen, Algonquian, basket, Formosa

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