What happened on July 30, 1609, on the shores of Lake Champlain that the historian Olive Dickason called the turning point in European–Native American relations? Why did the Japanese allow the Dutch to open their first trading post in Japan in 1609? How does Brook suppose that Algonkians and Hurons thought that Frenchmen conducted their victory sacrifices? What is the significance of this difference? Why was beaver pelt so popular for hatmaking? Why was Canada a preferred source of beaver pelts, compared to Scandinavia or Siberia? What did a Montagnais trapper mean when he told a French missionary that, “The Beaver does everything perfectly well. It makes kettles, hatchets, swords, knives, bread; and, in short, it makes everything.”? What were some of the obstacles for Champlain (and others) for finding a passage from Europe to China? Why did Europeans want to go to China? In the Shakespeare play Much Ado about Nothing, Benedick tells Beatrice he’d rather fetch “a hair of the Great Cham’s beard” than speak to her. What does this say about how Europeans imagined China?
The book Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by the Canadian historian and sinologist Timothy Brook.
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