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On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe (Hardback)

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We are taught that global history began in the late 15th century, when the 'Old World' encountered the 'New'. We imagine Christopher Columbus 'discovering' America in 1492. But at the same instant, the great civilisations of the Americas - the Aztecs, Maya, Totonacs, Inuit, and others - discovered Europe. Tens of thousands of Indigenous Americans made the journey across the Atlantic from the very moment of that first encounter, but their experiences have been written out of mainstream accounts: from the Maya 'king' who met Henry VIII, to the Inuit who harpooned ducks on the Avon; from the Aztecs who mocked up human sacrifice at the court of Charles V, to the Inuk baby who was put on show in a London pub; from the mestizo children of Spaniards who returned 'home' with their fathers, to the tens of thousands of enslaved people and servants who laboured in European households. Their culture - their foods and clothes, their languages and beliefs - changed the course of European civilisation, just as surely as Europe changed America. And for many of those visitors, Europe was the savage shore.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500 Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 19/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781474616904  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Caroline Dodds Pennock is a Senior Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield and the UK's only Aztec historian. Her first book, BONDS OF BLOOD: GENDER, LIFECYCLE AND SACRIFICE IN AZTEC CULTURE (Palgrave Macmillan: 2008; paperback 2011) won the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize for 2008. She has appeared on TV programmes for broadcasters including the BBC, the Smithsonian Channel and Netflix, and has acted as a named historical consultant for several TV projects, as well as writing for popular publications including Scientific American, BBC History Magazine, BBC World Histories, BBC Knowledge Magazine, and History Today.

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