Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment

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Description: Funded with the generous support of the William M and Mary D Harrison Library Fund, Early Encounters documents the relationships among diverse peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, African, and a host of Indian peoples developed a complex history of interactions. This collection allows scholars to see the effect of European cultures on Indians and equally to explore the Indians' contributions to the Europeans. The first European traders, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, and officials recorded their impressions of North America in published and unpublished narratives, diaries, journals, letters, maps, and recorded speeches that capture new visual and emotional experiences; descriptions of the animals and plants that they were seeing for the first time; their views of what they called the New World; and the propaganda they wrote in an effort to persuade potential colonists to emigrate. The Indian perspective is recorded in a wide variety of sources, including oral accounts written down by Europeans at the time of contact and afterward, speeches, correspondence, and publications produced by Indians. The collection offers nearly 1,000 prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, photographs, and original facsimile pages.

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Coverage:  1534 - 1850
Language:  English