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    DescriptionThe first landings in the Atlantic World heralded striking and terrifying impressions of peoples entirely isolated from the explorers' continents, customs and religions. From the first recorded encounters with the native inhabitants of the Canary Islands in 1341 to Columbus' explorations in 1492 and Cabral's discovery of Brazil in 1500, western Europeans struggled to make sense of the existence of the peoples they met. Were they Adam's children, of a common lineage with the peoples of the Old World, or were they a separate creation, the monstrous races of medieval legend? Should they govern themselves? Did they have the right to be free?Emphasising contact between peoples rather than the discovery of lands, and using archaeological findings as well as eyewitness accounts, David Abulafia explores the social lives of the inhabitants, the motivations and tensions of the first transactions, and the swift transmutation of wonder to vicious exploitation. Lucid, readable and scrupulous, this is a work of humane engagement with a period in which tragically violent standards were set for European conquest across the world.

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    The Discovery of Mankind
    Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David S. H. Abulafia
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300125825
    ISBN 10: 0300125828

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
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    DC22: 970.01
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    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    04 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books including Spain and 1492 and Mediterranean Encounters, and was editor of The New Cambridge Medieval History, vol. 5, c.1198-1300.
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    "Abulafia''s work provides the key to unlock developments not only among the Spaniards but also among other Europeans in the New World. . . . [he] helps us to understand such problems not only in the past but also in our own world and, no doubt, into the future."--Russell Magnaghi, "Terrae Incognitae"--Russell Magnaghi "Terrae Incognitae "