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Nova Britannia
Rosenbach Museum & Library
Robert Johnson,
Nova Britannia: Offering most excellent fruites by planting in Virginia.

London:
J. Windet for S. Macham, 1609.

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Robert Johnson belittled Indian cultures in Nova Britannia in order to articulate a mandate for the English presence in Virginia. In his formulation, the Indians would welcome an English presence in exchange for lessons in "civilization."

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