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This publication explores Swedish encounters with American Indians within the New Sweden colony at the Delaware River through the moment half the 17th century. to put Swedish-Indian interactions in point of view, a comparability is made with Swedish-Saami colonial kin through the related period of time. those have been expressions of significant energy pursuits that position Sweden firmly in the context of ecu colonialism, but additionally intended the 2 amazing examples of Swedish encounters with indigenous populations. concentration is on problems with land possession and transactions, on exchange, and on cultural encounters. The publication is of specific curiosity to historians of colonial encounters in the United States and Sweden, but in addition in a bigger context bearing on eu colonialism and its history this present day.

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England 5 Nilsson, De stora krigens tid, 273–274, 278, 284–286; Sven Lundkvist, “The Experience of Empire: Sweden as a Great Power,” in Sweden’s Age of Greatness 1632–1718, 30; Dahlgren and Norman, Rise and Fall, 17; Wallerstein, Modern WorldSystems II, 214, 217. Wallerstein points out that Sweden also temporarily prevented England from taking over the Dutch position in the Baltic as the latter declined. See Lindegren, “The Swedish ‘Military State’,” 330–335, who has argued most succinctly for an interpretation of Sweden as a state entirely determined by the demands of war; cf.

17 An early example of the romanticized conception of the Noble Savage living in an unspoiled state can be read in a reverent letter the young student Johan Paulinius sent to his older friend Johan Risingh upon the latter’s departure to New Sweden in 1653. Paulinius extols the virtues he expects Risingh to find in the indigenous inhabitants and polemicizes against the notion of barbarians, “whom I suspect from deceitful vanity have been shown as more cruel than they are in reality. ” Education 17 Robert F.

Peter Lindeström remarked how the Indians when they adopted European clothing had no sense of its propriety and value in signifying rank. They would, even the sachems, purchase coats made of pieces of red and blue duffel which resembled the garbs worn by orphans in Stockholm. 24 20 Lindeström, Geographia Americae, 192. , 153–253. 22 Schefferus, History of Lapland, 35. 23 Rheen, 62; Niurenius, 7, 13, 26; Johannes Ferdinand Körningh, Berättelse om en missionsresa till Lappland 1659–60, Nordiska Muséet, Acta Lapponica IX:1 (Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1956), 47; Nicolaus Lundius, Descriptio Lapponiae, in Bidrag till kännedom 17:5 (Uppsala, 1905), 10, 41.

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