Part 1.B B First Encounters

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty

Part 1.B B First Encounters

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty

A Documentary History of America from Discovery through the Civil War
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Paperback 13/01/2000 ISBN13: 9780195116700 ISBN10: 0195116704 Drawing on a gold mine of primary documents--including letters, diary entries, personal narratives, political speeches, broadsides, trial transcripts, and contemporary newspaper articles--The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the past to life in a way few histories ever do.
Here is a panoramic look at early American history as captured in the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many other historical figures, both famous and obscure. In these pieces, the living voices of the past speak to us from opposing viewpoints--from the vantage point of loyalists as well as patriots, slaves as well as masters. The documents collected here provide a fuller understanding of such historical issues as Columbus's dealings with Native Americans, the Stamp Act Crisis, the Declaration of Independence, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Missouri Crisis, the Mexican War, and Harpers Ferry, to name but a few.
Compiled by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Brion Davis and Steven Mintz, and accompanied by extensive illustrations of original documents, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the reader back in time, to meet the men and women who lived through the momentous events that shaped our nation.

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Part 1.   First Encounters   29

The Meaning of America   32
1. "They have no iron or steel or weapons, nor are they capable of using them"  32
Christopher Columbus, letter to the sovereigns on his first voyage, February 15-March 4, 1493

Utilizing the Native Labor Force   33
2. "With fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them" 33
Christopher Columbus, journal, October 14, 1492, December 16, 1492

New World Fantasies   35
3. "All slavery, and drudgery...is done by bondsmen" 35
Sir Thomas More, Utopia, 1516

Labor Needs   36
4. "This is the best land in the world for Negroes" 36
Alonso de Zuazo, January 22, 1518

The Black Legend    37
5. "Under the guise of developing the country, the Christians (as they call themselves)...engaged in plunder and slaughter" 37
Bartolomé de las Casas, Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias. Seuilla: Trugillo, 1552

A Critique of the Slave Trade   40
6. "A thousand acts of robbery and violence are committed in the course of bartering and carrying off Negroes"   40
Fray Tomas de Mercado, Suma de Tratos y Contratos, 1587