Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America by Kathleen DuVal

By Kathleen DuVal

This reader presents vital records for colonial American heritage, together with new English translations of non-English records. It displays present scholarship and educating that incorporates all of North the US and non-Europeans within the tale of colonial the United States, that's now not easily the tale of the 13 colonies that revolted opposed to the British Empire but in addition of Spaniards, French, Dutch, Africans, and numerous local american citizens.

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9. A resin used as a spice, chewing gum, and varnish. 10. ” Jacques Cartier’s First Voyage, 1534 APRIL 20, 1534, JACQUES CARTIER SET OFF FROM FRANCE with two ships. While Columbus had hoped to find the Indies by sailing straight west, by the time of Cartier’s voyage, Europeans realized that there was a continent in the way. ” In the journal entries below, Cartier begins on May 21 in icy waters off the east coast of Newfoundland, not far from Leif Eiriksson’s Vínland. O N May 21. With a west wind we bore northeast by east from Cape Bonne Viste to Bird Island, which was entirely circled by broken ice.

It is now called Cumberland Harbor. 5. ” 6. Cartier is now in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sailing along the north coast of Prince Edward Island. 7. Probably beans, which were native to the Americas. 8. Probably passenger pigeons, which were extinct by the early twentieth century. 9. These people were Micmac Indians, an Algonquian people native to southeastern Canada and northeastern New England. 10. ” 11. Flare shots or warning shots. 12. Probably beaded or inscribed knives. 13. Gaspé Bay, in northeastern Quebec Province, just below the mouth of the St.

This island is magnificent, as are all the others, but this one excessively so. Here there are many harbors along the seacoast with nothing that I know of in Christendom to compare them with, and plenty of rivers that are marvelously large and good. Both islands rise well above sea level, with many mountain ranges and high mountain peaks—nothing on the island of Centrefrei6 comparable to them—all beautiful, with a thousand different formations, all accessible and full of trees of a thousand species that are tall and seem to reach to heaven.

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