By Daniel W. Clayton
This article stories encounters through explorers, investors, and politicians with the territory and local humans of Vancouver Island. It questions premises underlying a lot of BC historic writing, arguing that foreign literature bargains extra fruitful methods of framing neighborhood old reviews.
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Extra resources for Islands of Truth: The Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver Island
He "went up to the man, placed [the] muzzle of the gun against [his] own breast, because he had on armour ... ' The white signed that [the] Ind[ian] would fall dead, took the latter's garment, folded it, placed it at the end of the ship, [and] shot [a] hole in [it]. " The people returned to the village and wondered what kind of Tc'Exa this was. A fleet of canoes then came from 26 Part 1: Spaces of European Exploration another village to wed a woman to a Tcexa man. As they began their feast, "2 boatloads of whites came ashore and stood looking in the doorway.
Explorers' texts can be viewed as imperial allegories that combined a new self-conscious world view and much older European jealousies: old and new practices of cultural dominance. Mary Louise Pratt traces these cultural imperialisms and reifications to the worlds of science and commerce. " This project, she continues, modelled "the extractive, transformative character of industrial capitalism, and the ordering mechanisms that were beginning to shape urban mass society in Europe under bourgeois hegemony.
38 Beaglehole wrote at the tail end of this imperative - (1) after Cook had hooked up the world and (2) as a New Zealander. One implication of his work is that Cook's activities remain meaningful because he was a person like "us," struggling to make sense of the world diligently, objectively, and compassionately. Beaglehole studied Cook during the era of decolonization, when there was an outpouring of anti-European sentiment, and science and humanism were being seen as the handmaidens of European power.
Islands of Truth: The Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver Island by Daniel W. Clayton