The Poetics of West Indian “Improvement” in Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands
This chapter focuses on Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, arguing that his book modifies the basic emblematic techniques at the heart of Hans Sloane's Voyage to... Jamaica. The Natural History of Carolina charts the rapid expansion of the West Indian plantation into southern North America and shows a new and shifting geography of plantation slavery and tropical agriculture in the Americas. The book is also designed to prompt reflection on the implications of the natural and human history of the colony for the future intellectual advancement and refinement of manners.
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