West of Eden

Edmund Valentine Campos

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
West of Eden

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This chapter focuses on the complications inherent in England's belatedness in New World conquest and most particularly its envy of Spanish gold. It traces England's envious emulation of Spain with its fabulous gold and silver mining wealth and highlights its problem of emulating Spain's success without descending into the immorality of forced labor so infamously a part of the Black Legend. This chapter argues that England used the Black Legend of Spanish enslavement of local populations to differentiate and authenticate its own piratical imperial policies.

Keywords: England; New World Conquest; Spain; Black Legend; forced labor; piratical imperial policies

Chapter.  8868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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