How to Plant a Colony in the New World: Rules and Practices in New Sweden and the Seventeenth-Century Delaware Valley

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The colony of New Sweden (1638–55), like other colonial settlements in
America, was structured by a set of laws and regulations. The comprehensive
instructions given to the subsequent governors ordered the particulars
of everyday life. They dictated settlers’ means of sustenance and
rights to trade, detailed rules of engagement with other European colonists
and Native Americans, established a system of criminal justice and
regulated religious life. Most of these regulations were unquestioned and
followed because they constituted a cohesive set of rules that helped to
reconstruct settlers’ lives in the colony and instilled a sense of continuity.
Others, particularly those laws pertaining to moral and orderly conduct
and trade with Native Americans, were frequently transgressed by the
colonists, despite the risk of severe punishments.
Using historical and archaeological records, this chapter examines
obedience and disobedience of the Swedish population of New Sweden
and colonial Delaware and Pennsylvania. To better understand the logic
behind these actions, the study is set in the context of transatlantic migration
as well as the geopolitical realities of the colonial settlements in northeastern
America during the seventeenth century.
TitelArchaeologies of Rules and Regulation : Between Text and Practice
RedaktørerBarbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent, Eleanor Williams
Antal sider20
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ForlagBerghahn Books
ISBN (trykt)978-1-78533-765-9
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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