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The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey’s Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0004
The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey’s Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism

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This chapter discusses the expanded scope of exposing the colonial crimes of England. It declares a shared British-Spanish American patriotism, and notes the increased fear that Napoleon Bonaparte might bring the Spanish colonies under his influence and control, thus crippling the trade dominance of the British in the region. It looks at the different plans that emerged for the complete annexation of Spanish American territory as Britain prepared for this eventuality. This chapter shows how Robert Southey's Madoc reflects these developments by changing a critique of the present state of the English empire and the assertion of British-Spanish American convenience in order to create a defence of reformed British colonialism.

Keywords: colonial crimes; British-Spanish American patriotism; Napoleon Bonaparte; trade dominance; annexation; Spanish American territory; reformed British colonialism

Chapter.  15189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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