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Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and SlavesColonial America and the Indo-Atlantic World$
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Kevin P. McDonald

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282902

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282902.001.0001

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Utopian Dreamers and Colonial Disasters

Utopian Dreamers and Colonial Disasters

(p.61) Chapter 3 Utopian Dreamers and Colonial Disasters
Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and Slaves

Kevin P. McDonald

University of California Press

Chapter 4 traces the early European attempts to colonize Madagascar and the promotional materials that accompanied these efforts, including pamphlets, poetry, and paintings. These schemes explicitly juxtaposed Atlantic world colonies with their counterparts in the Indian Ocean. Many of these projects developed within a decidedly utopian framework, including the central but often overlooked significance accorded to slavery in the original model of More’s Utopia. That these early schemes ended in disaster provides a worthwhile counterbalance to the pirate settlements that appeared later, at the end of the seventeenth century (as detailed in chapter 5).

Keywords:   Madagascar, Virginia, Utopia, Daniel Defoe, Estado da India, East India Company, VOC, Mughal India, Prince Rupert, Anthony van Dyck

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