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By Thomas J. Scanlan

Colonial Writing within the New global 1583-1671 deals an account of the simultaneous emergence of colonialism and nationalism throughout the early glossy interval. It appears to be like on the position that English interactions with local populations performed in makes an attempt to articulate a coherent English identification. in contrast to so much different stories of the topic, it means that colonialism is better understood as a phenomenon that had profound value for individuals on each side of the Atlantic.

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As any reader of Jean de Le´ry’s History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil will immediately recognize, the author did not need The´odore DeBry to tell him that the recounting of his New-World adventures could serve as an allegory of the Protestant plight within Europe. 7 Le´ry, in other words, went to the New World hoping to discover a literal space where Protestantism might flourish, but upon his return to Europe, he would realize that he had instead found a figurative space from which he might articulate a compelling critique of Catholic Europe and a powerful new notion of European Protestant identity.

What we are witnessing in this passage is the splintering off of a Protestant identity. It is not his national identity that puts him beyond the reach of this fear of consuming human flesh, but rather his religious identity. It does not grieve him to say that he is a Protestant but rather to say that he is French. For Le´ry, whose primary investment is in the cause of Reformed religion, the move to distance himself from his national identity does not present the same sorts of problems that would confront English colonizers, who sought to knit national and religious identity together through colonial undertaking.

11 In the meantime, in August, 1572, Le´ry would witness first-hand the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre from his church in La Charitesur-Loire. Escaping to Sancerre, Le´ry would there survive the siege of Sancerre that lasted from January until August of 1573. Almost immediately after emerging safely from the siege, Le´ry produced one of the best known narratives of the Protestant struggles for survival in the wake of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. That narrative, the Histoire memorable de la ville de Sancerre, was published in 1574.

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