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Author Seed, Patricia, author

Title American pentimento : the invention of Indians and the pursuit of riches / Patricia Seed
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2001]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 299 pages) : map
Series Public worlds ; v. 7
Public worlds ; v. 7
Contents List of Maps; Preface; American Pentimento: An Introduction; 1 Owning Land by Labor, Money, and Treaty; 2 Imagining a Waste Land; or, Why Indians Vanish; 3 Gendering Native Americans: Hunters as Anglo-America's Partial Fiction; 4 Ownership of Mineral Riches and the Spanish Need for Labor; 5 Tribute and Social Humiliation: The Cost of Preserving Native Farmlands; 6 Cannibals: Iberia's Partial Truth; 7 Sustaining Political Identities: The Moral Boundary between Natives and Colonizers; 8 Indians in Portuguese America; 9 Fast Forward: The Impact of Independence on Colonial Structures
Summary An illuminating examination of colonizations ongoing cultural legacy. Patricia Seed examines how European countries, primarily England, Spain, and Portugal, differed in their colonization of the Americas, with the English appropriating land, while the Spanish and Portuguese attempted to eliminate "barbarous" religious behavior and used indigenous labor to take mineral resources. Seed also demonstrates how these antiquated cultural and legal vocabularies are embedded in our languages, popular cultures, and legal systems, and how they are responsible for current representations and treatment of Native Americans
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Indians of North America -- Land tenure.
Indians -- Civil rights.
Indians -- Colonization.
Land tenure -- Government policy -- America -- History.
Right of property -- America -- History.
Americas -- Colonization.
Europe -- Colonies -- America -- Administration.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0816692610 (electronic bk.)
9780816692613 (electronic bk.)
(HC ; alk. paper)