American Indian Myths and Legends (Pantheon Fairy Tale & by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

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By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

This awesome assortment gathers a hundred and sixty stories from eighty tribal gathers to supply a wealthy and energetic landscape of the local American mythic history. From all around the continent come stories of construction and love, of heroes and struggle, of animals, tricksters, and the top of the realm. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and grasp storyteller, Indian voices within the most sensible folkloric assets of the 19th century to make this the main finished and genuine quantity of yank Indian myths to be had anywhere.

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23 After a trip of several months, a pirate was anxious to get rid of his cargo (if, for example, as in the case of Hawkins, some slaves had fallen ill), and it was necessary to force the exchange and make use of cannon against the colonists. 24 At times, even under those conditions no exchange would be possible, but pirates would still need return merchandise or simply fresh provisions and water. This could lead them then to loot the churches, official buildings, and private houses of Spanish American towns, though pirates were often content to attack unprotected settlements along the coasts, sugar mills, and cattle farms.

However, the epigraph at the beginning of this chapter about the pirate and the emperor (an anecdote borrowed by St. 12 In the twentieth century, the anticolonial wars exhibited a similar dynamic of “pirate and emperor,” translated into disputes over recognition or illegality. In the 1930s the Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Sandino was a bandit in the eyes of the North Americans, and in the 1940s the German authorities of occupied France viewed as terrorists the résistants loyal to France libre. The parallels with native or Creole resistance against European conquest or dominance are legion throughout the era of European expansion.

A few even believed with Grotius that the sea should be open and long-distance trade free of all conflict. The propositions of many remained utopian: As mentioned, it is within a national framework that laws dealing with international matters were elaborated, among them those on navigation and trade that dealt with piracy. Different laws supported differing policies: either, as in the case of English and French monarchies after the Iberians, to control trading routes and monopolies; or, as in the case of the Dutch Republic, to keep trade open and free— save in regions where the Dutch themselves claimed a monopoly.

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