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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826Rewriting Conquest$
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Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638680

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.001.0001

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The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey’s Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism

The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey’s Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism

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(p.93) Chapter Three The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey’s Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism
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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826
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Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0004

This chapter discusses the expanded scope of exposing the colonial crimes of England. It declares a shared British-Spanish American patriotism, and notes the increased fear that Napoleon Bonaparte might bring the Spanish colonies under his influence and control, thus crippling the trade dominance of the British in the region. It looks at the different plans that emerged for the complete annexation of Spanish American territory as Britain prepared for this eventuality. This chapter shows how Robert Southey's Madoc reflects these developments by changing a critique of the present state of the English empire and the assertion of British-Spanish American convenience in order to create a defence of reformed British colonialism.

Keywords:   colonial crimes, British-Spanish American patriotism, Napoleon Bonaparte, trade dominance, annexation, Spanish American territory, reformed British colonialism

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