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Deadly Virtue: Fort Caroline and the Early Protestant Roots of American Whiteness

Heather Martel


Deadly Virtue argues that the history of the French Calvinist attempt to colonize Florida in the 1560s is key to understanding the roots of American whiteness in sixteenth-century colonialism, science, and Protestantism. The book places the history of Fort Caroline, Florida, into the context of Protestant colonialism and understandings of the body, emotion, and identity held in common by travelers throughout the early Atlantic world. Protestants envisioned finding a rich and powerful Indigenous king, converting him to Christianity, and then establishing a Protestant-Indigenous alliance to buil ... More

Keywords: Fort Caroline, Florida, Protestant, Atlantic World, Colonialism, Body, Emotion, Whiteness, French Calvinist, Indigenous People

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066189
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Martel, author
Northern Arizona University

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