A clash of cultures on the North American continent.
With a focus on indigenous cultural systems and agency theory, this volume analyzes Contact Period relations between North American Middle Atlantic Algonquian Indians and the Spanish Jesuits at Ajacan (1570–72) and English settlers at Roanoke Island (1584–90) and Jamestown Island (1607–12). It is an anthropological and ethnohistorical study of how European violations of Algonquian gift-exchange systems led to intercultural strife during the late 1500s and early 1600s, destroying Ajacan and Roanoke, and nearly destroying Jamestown.
Contents List of Illustrations 000 Acknowledgments 000 1. Introduction 000 2. Gifts and Commodities 000 3. Ajacan 000 4. Roanoke 000 5. Jamestown 000 6. Conclusion 000 References 000 Index 000