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Colonizing paradise : landscape and empire in the British West Indies, Jefferson Dillman

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Colonizing paradise : landscape and empire in the British West Indies
Title
Colonizing paradise
Title remainder
landscape and empire in the British West Indies
Statement of responsibility
Jefferson Dillman
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eng
Summary
  • "In Colonizing Paradise, historian Jefferson Dillman charts the broad spectrum of sentiments that British citizens and travelers held regarding their colonial possessions in the West Indies. Myriad fine degrees of ambivalence separated extreme views of the region as an idyllic archipelago or a nest of Satanic entrapments. Dillman shows the manner in which these authentic or spontaneous depictions of the environment were shaped to form a narrative that undergirded Britain's economic and political aims in the region. Because British sentiments in the Caribbean located danger and evil not just in indigenous populations but in Spanish Catholics as well, Dillman's work begins with the arrival of Spanish explorers and conquistadors. Colonizing Paradise spans the arrival of English ships and continues through the early nineteenth century and the colonial era. Dillman shows how colonial entrepreneurs, travelers, and settlers engaged in a disquieted dialogue with the landscape itself, a dialogue the examination of which sheds fresh light on the culture of the Anglophone colonial Caribbean. Of particular note are the numerous mythical, metaphorical, and biblical lenses through which Caribbean landscapes were viewed, from early views of the Caribbean landscape as a New World paradise to later depictions of the landscape as a battleground between the forces of Christ and Satan. The ideal of an Edenic landscape persisted, but largely, Dillman argues, as one that needed to be wrested from the forces of darkness, principally through the work of colonization, planting, cataloguing, and a rational ordering of the environment. Ultimately, although planters and their allies continued to promote pastoral and picturesque views of the Caribbean landscape, the goal of such narratives was to rationalize British rule as well as to mask and obscure emerging West Indian problems such as diseases, slavery, and rebellions. Colonizing Paradise offers much to readers interested in Caribbean, British, and colonial history"--
  • "Dillman elegantly explores the evolution of English and British perceptions of the landscape of the West Indies and how their representations were used to support the development of the islands they colonized"--
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1969-
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Dillman, Jefferson
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Atlantic crossings
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  • Landscapes
  • Landscapes
  • Landscapes
  • British
  • Imperialism
  • Public opinion
  • HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  • NATURE / Natural Resources
  • British
  • Colonization
  • Imperialism
  • International relations
  • Landscapes
  • Landscapes
  • Landscapes
  • Public opinion
  • Public opinion, British
  • West Indies, British
  • West Indies, British
  • West Indies, British
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • West Indies
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Colonizing paradise : landscape and empire in the British West Indies, Jefferson Dillman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Discovered Landscape : Iberians in the New World -- 2. The Colonial Paradise : English Encounters with the New World -- 3. The Lawless Landscape : Early English Colonial Experiences -- 4. The Recovered Landscape : Cataloging and Ordering the British West Indies -- 5. The Rural Landscape : The Pastoral, Picturesque, and Tropical -- The Tropics : An Epilogue
Control code
896602588
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
249 pages
Isbn
9780817318581
Lccn
2014040797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)896602588
Label
Colonizing paradise : landscape and empire in the British West Indies, Jefferson Dillman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Discovered Landscape : Iberians in the New World -- 2. The Colonial Paradise : English Encounters with the New World -- 3. The Lawless Landscape : Early English Colonial Experiences -- 4. The Recovered Landscape : Cataloging and Ordering the British West Indies -- 5. The Rural Landscape : The Pastoral, Picturesque, and Tropical -- The Tropics : An Epilogue
Control code
896602588
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
249 pages
Isbn
9780817318581
Lccn
2014040797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)896602588

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