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Fatal RevolutionsNatural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature$
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Christopher P. Iannini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835562

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838181_iannini

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Strange Things, Occult Relations

Strange Things, Occult Relations

Emblem and Narrative in Hans Sloane's Voyage to … Jamaica

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Fatal Revolutions

Christopher P. Iannini

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes Hans Sloane's essay, Voyage to... Jamaica and establishes its importance for British Atlantic literary history. It discusses how Sloane's empiricist and emblematic methods influenced the writings of important naturalists in colonial and Revolutionary North America. The chapter also provides additional insight into Sloane's essay by comparing it to prose narratives such as Richard Ligon's True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (1657, 1673), Aphra Behn's Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave. A True History (1688), and Daniel Defoe's Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719).

Keywords:   Hans Sloane, Voyage to... Jamaica, naturalists, West Indian slavery, empiricist science, True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes, Oroonoko, Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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