Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America
Kathleen DuVal and John DuVal
Editors: Rowman & Littlefield
A new anthology considers colonial history from multiple perspectives. In addition to English-speaking explorers, settlers, revolutionaries and lawmakers, editors Kathleen DuVal and John DuVal give voice to those who spoke and wrote in French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Russian and Icelandic.
The editors supplemented documents with maps and photos of pottery and leather art, as well as accounts collected and translated by Europeans at the time.
Reports were written sometimes literally under the gun, such as Gov. Antonio de Otermin’s account of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680:
“Feeling some respite thanks to this miraculous success, even though I had lost much blood having survived two arrows in my face and, miraculously, a harquebus ball in my chest the day before, I set about getting the cattle to drink, and the horses, and the people.”
Kathleen DuVal is a history professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. English professor John DuVal is former director of the program in literary translation at the University of Arkansas.