By Eliga H. Gould
SHEAR e-book Prize (2013), Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
George Washington e-book Prize Finalist (2013)
A Library Journal most sensible booklet of 2012
What does it suggest to be a treaty-worthy nation? No query mattered extra to americans in 1776. As Eliga Gould indicates during this prize-winning ebook, the necessity for overseas popularity touched all the things of the USA' early historical past -- from the drafting of the structure, to kinfolk among settlers and Indians, to the looming debate over slavery.
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68 As Philip Ashton recalled of being captured by Captain Ned Low off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1722: [W]ho can express the concern and Agony I was in, to see my self, a Young Lad not 20 Years Old, carried forcibly from my Parents, 34 A mong t h e P ow e r s of t h e E a r t h whom I had so much reason to value for the tenderness I knew they had for me . . 69 In the decade that followed the Treaty of Utrecht, Britain waged a largely successful war against colonial piracy, applying coercive resources on the high seas that far outstripped what it possessed in the North American interior, yet the Crown’s maritime authority was anything but absolute.
Being where she had not her life secured by any law,” explained Cotton Mather in one of several versions of the story, Duston and her two accomplices—a female servant and a young boy—used tomahawks to kill and scalp ten of their captors as they slept. 62 In his Summary . . of the British Settlements in North America (1749), the Boston antiquarian William Douglass described Indians as primitives living in “small and distinct” tribes, only one stage removed from government by “distinct families,” each “Isolé” from the others.
2) If Europeans carried Europe’s treaty law wherever they went, their interactions in the extra-European world were frequently with people who did not accept or, in some cases, even recognize that law. A major reason for this was that the peace treaties that functioned as a kind of public law in Europe often provided little guidance for Europeans elsewhere in matters such as which lands were under the dominion of which European ruler and where the boundaries between Europe’s empires were. Until the peace of Westphalia in 1648, when the Spanish reluctantly agreed to allow the Dutch to participate in the exclusive dominion that Pope Alexander VI had given them after Columbus’s first voyage, the areas not covered by European treaties included all of North America and the West Indies.
Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire by Eliga H. Gould