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We are early in the series and let us hope that the BBC will move away from narrow patriotism and propaganda and onto a more inclusive vision. The empire has gone and it is time to hear not just the story of the victors but also of the victims.
In Episode 6, the series writers have been bold enough to acknowledge that ‘Hawkins was the first established English slave trader… that he was supported by the Queen… (He) kidnapped villagers… would cross the Atlantic and sell his cargo…”
You may or may not know that Hawkins unashamedly adopted as his crest the figure of a slave bound heavily at the torso by rope.
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I live in California, a part of the US that was once a Spanish colony. In school, however, we're taught about our English heritage, which always struck me as funny since I'm a Chinese American. In any case, the English/British colonial experience is always emphasized. There's little taught about the Spanish, French, Swedish, Russian, and Dutch colonies in what became the US. Don't even get me started on Native Americans...they're not mentioned much at all.