New World Explorers And Native Americans
J. H. Elliott (essay date 1975)
SOURCE: "The Great American Debate," in The New York Review of Books, Vol. XXII, No. 8, May 15, 1975, pp. 3-6.
[In the following excerpt, Elliott discusses the debate surrounding exploration and colonization of America during the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, which is the subject of Antonello Gerbi's critical study The Dispute of the New World. He then considers the "double vision" which "proved to be of critical importance for the evolution of European attitudes to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. "]
Anyone who is bothered by the marked absence of elephants from the woods and forests of...
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