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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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“All the West-Indian Weeds”

“All the West-Indian Weeds”

William Bartram's Travels and the Natural History of the Floridas

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(p.177) 4 “All the West-Indian Weeds”
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Fatal Revolutions
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Christopher P. Iannini

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838181_iannini.10

This chapter analyzes William Bartram's Travels (1791) in the context of an outpouring of texts on the natural history of colonial Florida after the Seven Years' War, when Britain moved aggressively to settle East Florida as a circum-Caribbean sugar colony. Travels reflects on Bartram's failure as a rice planter and uses the language of slavery as a metaphor for political oppression and spiritual bondage.

Keywords:   William Bartram, Travels, Florida, Britain, East Florida, sugar colony, slavery, political oppression, spiritual bondage

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