Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America by Kathleen DuVal

By Kathleen DuVal

This reader presents very important records for colonial American background, together with new English translations of non-English records. It displays present scholarship and educating that incorporates all of North the US and non-Europeans within the tale of colonial the United States, that's now not easily the tale of the 13 colonies that revolted opposed to the British Empire but in addition of Spaniards, French, Dutch, Africans, and diverse local american citizens.

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The women are free to communicate and talk with the parents-in-law and relatives. This custom holds on the island as well as the mainland as far as fifty leagues inland. There is another custom, which is when a child or sibling dies, for three months the people in the house don’t hunt for food, but would rather starve. So the kinfolk and neighbors provide what they need to eat. Since so many were dying during the time we were there, most households were suffering terribly from hunger because they still held to this custom and ceremony.

He asked. Leif said that he was. ” They accepted this offer and sailed afterwards to Eríksfjard with their load. Then they came to Brattahlíd where they unloaded the cargo. Leif bade Thorir and his wife Gudrid and three other men to lodge with him and procured lodging for the other crewmen, both Thorir’s crew and his own. Leif pulled fifteen men from the rock and was thereafter called Leif the Lucky. Leif grew in wealth and in honor. That winter, a terrible illness befell Thorir’s crew, and Thorir and many of his people died.

1 In less than a half hour we loaded them like stones into our boats, and in each of the ships we salted down four or five barrels of them, in addition to what we ate fresh. May 23–24. . Even though the island is fourteen leagues from the mainland, bears2 swim there to eat the birds. Our people came upon one that was big as a — 24 — Exploration 25 cow and white as a swan, and he leapt into the water in front of them. The next day, which was Pentecost Sunday, as we were sailing toward the land, we came upon the same bear, halfway between the island and the mainland, swimming toward land as fast as we were sailing.

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