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Lester K. Little

south into productive land, which in the fifteenth century was further transformed into rice fields. The East Asian gift of rice production first to Sicily and then to Lombardy and Piedmont has been reciprocated in Milan’s gift of risotto to the world. 9 When workers from the countryside flocked into towns in search of the jobs these had to offer, many of them were simultaneously seeking to free themselves of servile obligations. For their part many communes responded with statutes that granted both of these desires. 10 The common

in Indispensable immigrants
Matthew Scribner

landed on the shores of the New World. They brought the Indians all their science, knowledge of engineering, laws, and their higher level of civilisation. These men became the White Gods of the Indian countries.’ 28 Although North America and the Norse voyages are not Honoré’s focus, he uses the Vinland story to back up his larger picture of pre-Columbian contact with culturally limited indigenous peoples: At any rate most scholars are agreed that men from east Asia discovered America long before Columbus. It was therefore ‘discovered’ at least four times

in From Iceland to the Americas
Early modern travel tales
Kenneth Parker

Pilgrimage , 4th edition (London: William Stansby for Henry Fetherstone, 1626 ), side-note b, p. 785. 21 I. de Rachelwitz, Prester John and Europe’s Discovery of East Asia (Canberra: Australian National University, 1972

in A knight’s legacy