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- DescriptionColonial America presented a new world of natural curiosities for settlers as well as the London-based scientific community. In American Curiosity , Susan Scott Parrish examines how various people in the British colonies understood and represented the natural world around them from the late sixteenth century through the eighteenth. Parrish shows how scientific kwledge about America, rather than flowing strictly from metropole to colony, emerged from a horizontal exchange of information across the Atlantic. Parrish uncovers early descriptions of American natural phemena as well as clues to how people in the colonies construed their own identities through the natural world. Although social hierarchies persisted within the natural history community, the contributions of any participant were considered valuable as long as they supplied vel data or specimens from America. Thus Anglo-American n-elites, women, Indians, and enslaved Africans all played crucial roles in gathering and relaying new information to Europe. American Curiosity enlarges our tions of the scientific Enlightenment by looking beyond European centers to find a socially inclusive American base to a true transatlantic expansion of kwledge.
- Author BiographySUSAN SCOTT PARRISH is associate professor of English at the University of Michigan.
- Author(s)Susan Scott Parrish
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2006
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note32 illustrations, notes index
- Weight499 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
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