The Boisterous Sea of Liberty: A Documentary History of America from Discovery through the Civil War

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CONTENTS
Acknowledgmentsxxxi
Introduction1
PART 1. FIRST ENCOUNTERS29
The Meaning of America32
1. "They have no iron or steel or weapons, nor are they capable of using them" Christopher Columbus, letter to the sovereigns on his first voyage, February 15-March 4, 149332
Utilizing the Native Labor Force33
2. "With fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them" Christopher Columbus, journal, October 14, 1492, December 16, 149233
New World Fantasies35
3. "All slavery, and drudgery. . .is done by bondsmen" Sir Thomas More, Utopia, 151635
Labor Needs36
4. "This is the best land in the world for Negroes" Alonso de Zuazo, January 22, 151836
The Black Legend37
5. "Under the guise of developing the country, the Christians (as they call themselves). . .engaged in plunder and slaughter" Bartolomé de las Casas, Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias. Seuilla: Trugillo, 155237
A Critique of the Slave Trade40
6. "A thousand acts of robbery and violence are committed in the course of bartering and carrying off Negroes" Fray Tomas de Mercado, Suma de Tratos y Contratos, 158740

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xxxi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One First Encounters 29
  • Part Two European Colonization North of Mexico 43
  • Part Three a Land of Contrasts 85
  • Part Four the Seven Years' War 123
  • Part Five the Age of Revolution, 1765-1825 139
  • Part Six Creating a New Nation 211
  • Part Seven Antebellum America 323
  • Part Eight Civil War 501
  • The Nature and History of the Gilder Lehrman Collection 561
  • Index 563
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