By Andrew Lipman
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19 Another limit of this book comes from using just one language to write about a place where more than seven were spoken. Snippets of Algonquian dialects and Dutch appear throughout, reminders of the many tongues that coexisted along this coast. Rather than chase the impossible goal of ridding American English of its colonial legacies, the aim is to acknowledge complexity but favor clarity. Sometimes indigenous peoples appear generically as locals, Natives, and Indians, but whenever possible they appear with the names they called themselves, such as Raritans, Wampanoags, Hackensacks, Montauketts.
Rather, Atlantic historians are creating a kaleidoscopic picture of how the ocean connected the histories of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. Bridged by several entangled empires, crossed by millions of enslaved and free peoples, habitat for fishermen, sailors, merchants, and pirates, the ocean would become the main stage for the ages of revolution and abolition and ultimately for the rise of the nation-state and industrial capitalism. 12 Historians are only slowly breaking the habit of leaving Natives high and dry.
All knew that names and borders could change suddenly. Perhaps we should, like mariners, become accustomed to constant motion and mind the things beneath the surface that cannot be seen. Then we can start to explore this coast in the seventeenth century. 18 one The Giants’ Shore O nce there was a moody giant who roamed the waters from the Hudson River to Cape Cod and ate roasted whales for breakfast. When he enjoyed a pipe, the smoke became fogbanks that shrouded the coast for miles. With taps of ash from his pipe’s bowl, he created the two sandy lumps we now call Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.