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A Strange LikenessBecoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America$
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Nancy Shoemaker

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167924.001.0001

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A Strange Likeness

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This chapter traces the expeditions of several parties of American Indians who visited Europe and met with British or French monarchs, beginning with the Four Indian Kings who went to England in 1710 and ending with a Cherokee Delegation that came in the 1760s. At this time, American Indians and Europeans had among them many different forms of government, but they all had a government of some sort, meaning that they invested some individuals with political authority. Although Indians and Europeans recognized in each other systems of government, they found incomprehensible the criteria by which some individuals held political positions, the major difference being money and social class. The sumptuous display of wealth went hand-in-hand with political power in Europe, a practice that repelled American Indians and made them think of European culture as being all about the accumulation of wealth.

Keywords:   monarchs, political authority, social class, wealth, Indian Kings, Cherokee Indians

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