Encountering early America

By Rachel Winchcombe

Encountering early America


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4576-5
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2021
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, History Of The Americas, History of the Americas, History, England, 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775), HISTORY / North America, Early Modern History, History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Tudor & Elizabethan Era (1485-1603), Society & social sciences / Material culture


This is the first major study to comprehensively analyse English encounters with the New World in the sixteenth century and their impact on early English understandings of America and changing approaches to exploration and settlement. The book traces the dynamism of early English encounters with the Americas and the many cultural influences that shaped English understandings of the new lands across the Atlantic. It illustrates that rather than being a period of inconsequential colonial failure in the Americas, the sixteenth century was in fact an era of assessment, adaptation and application that culminated in the survival of the first Anglo-American colony at Jamestown. Encountering early America will appeal to students and scholars working on early English colonialism in North America and European cultural encounters with the New World.


Introduction: early English encounters with the New World
1 Understanding America: the theoretical origins of English colonialism
2 Commercialising America: religion, trade, and the challenges of English overseas expansion
3 Dressing America: clothing, nakedness, and the foundations of civility
4 Eating America: bodily discourse, diet, and environment in the early English colonial imagination


Rachel Winchcombe is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester

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