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Insatiable Appetites: Imperial Encounters with Cannibals in the North Atlantic World

Kelly L. Watson


Cannibalism, for medieval and early modern Europeans, was synonymous with savagery. Humans who ate other humans, they believed, were little better than animals. The European colonizers who encountered Native Americans described them as cannibals as a matter of course, and they wrote extensively about the lurid cannibal rituals they claim to have witnessed. This book argues that the persistent rumors of cannibalism surrounding Native Americans served a specific and practical purpose for European settlers. These colonizers had to forge new identities for themselves in the Americas and find ways ... More

Keywords: cannibalism, savagery, Native Americans, European settlers, New World, European masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814763476
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814763476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly L. Watson, author