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True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity

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With American independence came the freedom to sail anywhere in the world under a new flag. During the years between the Treaty of Paris and the Treaty of Wangxi, Americans first voyaged past the Cape of Good Hope, reaching the ports of Algiers and the bazaars of Arabia, the markets of India and the beaches of Sumatra, the villages of Cochin, China, and the factories of ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Ted Lehmann
Nov 28, 2014 Ted Lehmann rated it really liked it
True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity (The Johns Hopkins Studies in Historical and Political Science) by Dane A. Morrison (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, 280 pages, $34.95) uses the voyages, writings, and experiences of American traders and sojourners Samuel Shaw, Amasa Delano, Edmond Fanning, Harriet Low and Robert Bennett Forbes during the period 1785 through 1840 to describe the expansion of American mercantilism in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean ...more
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Nov 21, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
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Dane Morrison’s True Yankees explores how voyages to China and East Asia shaped new understandings of American national character between 1784 and 1840, the period of the “Old China,” or “Indies,” Trade.

Morrison has written a cultural history of the early United States-China trade. He explores how the trade affected Americans’ conceptions of themselves as citizens of the United States and of the world. Morrison does not deny the primacy of the economic motives that drove Americans to trade in di
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Oct 02, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it liked it
With American independence secured by the surrender of Cornwalis at Yorktown, and the signing of the Treaty of Paris, trade with Europe and the Caribbean were no longer available. Revolutionary France was closed to trade as were its’ colonies, England and its’ colonies were also closed to the Americans, as were much of Europe when the British embargoed the Continent under Napoleon.

So those Americans who didn’t want to participate in the slave trade, were forced to look for new markets. The Medit
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