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Brothers Among NationsThe Pursuit of Intercultural Alliances in Early America, 1580-1660$
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Cynthia Van Zandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181241.001.0001

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Laying the Groundwork for Alliances

Laying the Groundwork for Alliances

Language, Maps, and Intercultural Suspicion

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Brothers Among Nations

Cynthia J. Van Zandt

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on 1580–1640 as a period of crucial experimentation with intercultural alliances. It argues that Indians and Europeans laid the groundwork for some of the most important intercultural relationships before 1640. Moreover, by the 1630s, a growing number of mutually beneficial intercultural alliances were in place throughout the Atlantic seaboard. All of these rested on earlier unsuccessful attempts at alliance building. The chapter discusses successful and unsuccessful efforts by Europeans and native peoples to find ways to communicate. In addition, it explores such unsuccessful alliance-building strategies as preemptive strikes, kidnapping, and the use of war dogs.

Keywords:   European, Indian, intercultural, alliances, preemptive strikes, kidnapping, war dogs

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