Tag Archives: E. Adamson Hoebel

INDIAN GIVERS & LAND DITHERS

”For a time Europeans had invented an AMERICA peopled by noble savages, men uncorrupted by civilization; as Montaigne wrote, quoting Seneca, they were “fresh from the gods”. But Europe has never stopped reinventing the New World. The eighteenth-century debate took … Continue reading

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HUCKSTERS & HYPERBOLE

To Europeans intellectuals of the eighteenth century, ¬†America was a battleground of ideas; the war between Nature and civilization.And its proponents did not mince words. ¬†Respected academics like Comte de Buffon reported that domesticated animals imported from Europe as well … Continue reading

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MALICE and the MISSISSIPPI

”For a time Europeans had invented an AMERICA peopled by noble savages, men uncorrupted by civilization; as Montaigne wrote, quoting Seneca, they were “fresh from the gods”. But Europe has never stopped reinventing the New World. The eighteenth-century debate took … Continue reading

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