By Jill Lepore
From Columbus's voyage in 1492 to the e-book of the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, in 1789, Jill Lepore, winner of the celebrated Bancroft Prize for historical past, brings to existence in intriguing, first-person aspect the various earliest occasions in American historical past in Encounters within the New global. delivering interesting statement alongside the best way, Lepore seamlessly hyperlinks jointly basic resources that illustrate the robust conflict of cultures within the Americas. via emotional eyewitness debts -- memoirs, petitions, diaries, captivity narratives, inner most correspondence -- formal records, legit studies, and journalistic reportage, dramatic tales of the recent international are published, including:* A Jesuit priest's chronicle of lifestyles between his Iroquois captors* Aztec files of forbidding omens* John Smith's account of cannibalism one of the British citizens of Jamestown* Memoirs via participants of Cortes's excursion* recollections of an escaped slave a unique 16-page colour cartographic part, together with maps from either Europe and North the USA, offers a desirable examine how the maps' creators observed themselves and the realm round them.
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MAPPING THE WORLD 31 Image Not Available 32 ENCOUNTERS IN THE NEW WORLD Windows into the Past Maps are fascinating windows into the past, and, especially, into the age of encounters, when the world was changing so dramatically for both European and Native American peoples. Maps might not Image Not Available tell us too much about how Europe and the Americas actually looked, but what they do tell us about is perhaps even more valuable: maps tell us how people saw their world. Piri Reis was a Turkish navigator and cartographer.
Our cooking consisted in pounding our corn into samp [mush or soup] or hommany [hominy], boiling the hommany, making now and then a cake and baking it in the ashes, and in boiling or roasting our venison. 52 ENCOUNTERS IN THE NEW WORLD If Europeans and Native Americans held different beliefs about the proper sexual division of labor, they had perhaps even more divided opinions about men’s and women’s relative political power and cultural authority. For both peoples, however, those opinions were rooted in “creation stories,” descriptions of the origins of the world and the world’s peoples (like the Iroquois story about the Turtle’s Back in the Introduction).
European settlers, colonizers, and conquerors relied heavily on Native American geographical knowledge in making their own maps. But, like the maps of medieval and early modern Europe, many Native American maps are more concerned with a religious worldview. Image Not Available Image Not Available Like a European T-O map, this Aztec map of the world is a symbolic representation, depicting the five parts of the world and the gods who live in them. The Aztecs were accomplished cartographers and also created maps for route locating, surveying, and town planning.