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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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West of Eden

West of Eden

American Gold, Spanish Greed, and the Discourses of English Imperialism

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(p.247) Chapter Thirteen West of Eden
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Edmund Valentine Campos

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0013

This chapter focuses on the complications inherent in England's belatedness in New World conquest and most particularly its envy of Spanish gold. It traces England's envious emulation of Spain with its fabulous gold and silver mining wealth and highlights its problem of emulating Spain's success without descending into the immorality of forced labor so infamously a part of the Black Legend. This chapter argues that England used the Black Legend of Spanish enslavement of local populations to differentiate and authenticate its own piratical imperial policies.

Keywords:   England, New World Conquest, Spain, Black Legend, forced labor, piratical imperial policies

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