By Jonathan Hart
According to vast archival examine, Contesting Empires seems to be on the past contest of empires within the New global, specially between Spain, France, and England, after which examines the competition to empire, the promoting of empire, and the query of slavery. Hart's dialogue of slavery additionally levels from early Arab, African and Portuguese practices in Africa and past, to the felony abolition of slavery within the British empire, the USA and in different places within the 19th century.
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46 While negotiations were going on over the marriage of Philip of Spain and Mary of England, some anti-Spanish sentiments surfaced in London. 47 The role of Spain in Europe and the New World led the French to examine their relation with the English as well. In the shifting alliances and balances of power the Native of the Americas was a figure that could be used to make a point about Spanish success or cruelty in Europe and the New World depending on the writer and the context. Neither the French nor the English wrote with consensus about the Spanish, and soon they, too, would move from trade with the Natives to establishing permanent settlements amongst them as the Spanish had.
IV In Paris, Hakluyt may have met with Phillippe de Mornay, seigneur du Plessis-Marly, a Huguenot hostile to Spain, a diplomat, who, as the ambassador of Henri de Navarre in London in 1577–78, knew Walsingham and Lady Stafford. On April 24, 1584, Mornay presented to the French king an unpublished work: “Discours au Roy Henri III. 55 Reflecting the views of Henri de Navarre, Mornay said that Philip II was a tyrant who was undermining France, the Netherlands, and Europe; that France and England should blockade the English Channel from Spanish shipping; that France should attack the Spanish Empire in the New World in order to seize it and 24 Contesting Empires to prevent the king of Spain from receiving the bullion that permitted him to tyrannize Europe.
At the center of Gaspar de Coligny’s policy in France was to ruin Spain by attacking what he thought was its vulnerability—the colonies in the Americas. After the French experienced problems coexisting with the Portuguese in Brazil, they sought to establish themselves in Florida, which the Spanish claimed but barely occupied. 27 Ribault’s chronicle is a central document in the French relations with Spain in the Americas and, along with Nicolas Le Challeux’s account of the massacre of the Huguenots, represented a turning point in the pursuit of Spain in the New World.