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By Karen Racine, Beatriz G. Mamigonian (editors)

This selection of compact biographies places a human face at the sweeping old tactics that formed modern societies during the Atlantic international. concentrating on existence tales that represented stream throughout or round the Atlantic Ocean from 1500 to 1850, The Human culture within the Atlantic global, 1500–1850 explores transatlantic connections by way of following contributors whose event took them some distance past their neighborhood groups to new and unusual areas. a powerful barrier, the Atlantic Ocean profoundly encouraged the lives it touched. For a few courageous or determined souls, it provided an break out, a resource of event or romance. For numerous others, it supplied a gradual resource of source of revenue. when you voluntarily undertook the voyage, crossing the Atlantic intended wish for a greater, happier existence; for the thousands of less-fortunate others who relocated simply because they'd been enslaved, tricked, or banished, the Atlantic used to be a sea of sorrow and loss. but, regardless of the cause, super creativity and dynamism resulted from touch among humans of other cultures, sessions, races, principles, and structures in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. At its such a lot basic point, the syncretic nature of Atlantic international societies used to be created and re-created each day by means of myriad offerings made through millions of people. via emphasizing flow and stream in its selection of lifestyles tales, this readable and fascinating quantity provides a huge cross-section of people—both recognized and everyday—whose lives and livelihoods took them around the Atlantic and taken disparate cultures into touch.

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Having reached America at an unexpected location, some were more than willing to walk away from a contract that required them to labor six days a week for seven years, working on common land and living in company houses, before they could realize any personal profit. They also dreaded the prospect of life in a settlement dominated by overly pious men who rejected Anglicanism and displayed only faltering obedience to the English Crown. The expedition’s Separatist leaders responded to this challenge to their authority by drafting the celebrated Mayflower Compact, a new agreement that was endorsed by all adult males.

Samuel Cohen acted as interpreter during the subsequent negotiations. Once the matter was settled and his linguistic skills were no longer needed, Cohen began to look for gold. According to several Caquetío Indian spies who fled to Caracas to inform Spanish colonial officials about Dutch takeover, “a Portuguese, who the Hollanders call the Jew,” had started to dig on a small hill shortly after the Dutch conquest but, they were assured, had not yet found any gold. Cohen did not give up. ” A Flemish observer named Mathias Herman confirmed that by 1636 Cohen still had failed to find gold anywhere, leading the Company to call off all further explorations on the island.

Indd 27 9/22/10 6:26 AM 28 O Mark Meuwese Curaçao, some scholars have erroneously viewed him as the founding father of the oldest continuing Jewish community in the New World. Yet, despite such positive depictions, there is very little that is known about Samuel Cohen’s personal life or experiences beyond his connection with the Company and its business activities. Unlike colonial officials, missionaries, or prominent Dutch colonists in Africa or Brazil, Cohen did not leave behind any personal documents that might give insight into his own thoughts or opinions or hopes or dreams.

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