Sweden in the Delaware Valley: Everyday Life and Material Culture in New Sweden

Fredrik Ekengren, Magdalena Naum, Ulla Isabel Zagal-Mach Wolfe

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In 1637 the Swedish Crown, encouraged by Dutch merchants, developed a plan to establish a colonial outpost in America to tap into profitable tobacco and beaver pelt trade. The same year the first cargo ships left Sweden and sailed westwards to claim their piece of America along the Delaware River. Although in many ways unsuccessful and short-lived (the colony collapsed in 1656), New Sweden became a home for generations of colonists. This chapter focuses on the different aspects of their daily life: their longing and desperation, practices of homemaking and domesticating the landscape, their perception and interactions with the neighbouring Native American groups. It discusses the ways material culture was used, exchanged and appropriated by the colonists and the local Lenape and Susquehannock in the processes of meeting, negotiations and daily coexistence.
Titel på gästpublikationScandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity: Small Time Agents in a Global Arena
RedaktörerMagdalena Naum, Jonas M. Nordin
StatusPublished - 2013

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Historia och arkeologi


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