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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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Fatal Latitudes

Fatal Latitudes

The Poetics of West Indian “Improvement” in Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands

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Fatal Revolutions

Christopher P. Iannini

University of North Carolina Press

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.

Keywords:   Mark Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Hans Sloane, Voyage to... Jamaica, West Indian plantation, plantation slavery

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