Hispanic American Historical Review 84:3 Copyright 2004 by Duke University Press the expectations and behavior of Europeans. Her study, then, minimizes Indian agency and thus occupies a peculiar place when considered next to recent scholarship on indigenous people, which tends to emphasize the complex processes of resistance and negotiation that ultimately shaped colonial conï¬gurations. Chronological elisions weaken Seedâs broad comparative study, as she collapses different periods and experiences into a single large unit. The English who sought proï¬t in America read earlier Spanish accounts voraciously, especially those by JosÃ© de Acosta and BartolomÃ© de Las Casas. To describe colonization efforts by these two different European kingdoms as if they happened simultaneously is to reject the ways in which English invasions and expectations were shaped by Spanish models. It also ignores the cultural contexts within which American incursions were conceived, whether in Renaissance Spain or early modern England. Seed deploys evidence in ways that might generate confusion about the chronological separation of events. The English, she argues, claimed land in the New World by virtue of cultivating it. She suggests that other Europeans dismissed these claims and cites SepÃºlvedaâs rejection of such justiï¬cation as â âmere theftâ â (
Hispanic American Historical Review – Duke University Press
Published: Aug 1, 2004
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