How can we tell a global story of early America that includes puritanism without centering it? In this talk, I sketch out some textual, commercial, and political ties that connect early modern Syria, Indonesia, India, Denmark, England, and North America through colonial joint-stock corporations. These networks reveal relationships – between translation and conversion, commerce and religion, and English and Native peoples – that span from Malaysia to Massachusetts. By recovering a literary and cultural history of translation that operates in tandem with global joint-stock companies and with war capitalism’s history of global violence – scholars and students might fashion new narratives about North America’s colonial origins, its puritan and other writers and settlers, and their relationship to the rest of the world.
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