1641 in a colonial context
in Ireland, 1641
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This chapter considers the Irish insurrection of 1641 in a colonial context. It focuses on how negative depictions of Native Americans constructed by Elizabethan adventurers were sometimes evocative of what English adventurers had to say of the social and political mores of the populations of Ireland. The chapter discusses how English adventurers in Ireland sometimes likened what they described as the 'manners' of the Gaelic Irish to the social practices they associated with the native population of America. It describes whether the rhetorical representation of people in negative or dismissive fashion made it easier for some English adventurers to inflict cruel or extra-legal actions upon elements of the Gaelic Irish and Native American populations. The chapter extends the D. B. Quinn discourse into the seventeenth century. It reopens the debate over the context that English people of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries considered appropriate for discussing the condition of Ireland.

Ireland, 1641

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