RCC Honors History Project

New World Fantasies

Posted by elsiegonzalez on September 20, 2009

This is an excerpt from Thomas More’s Utopia, mentioned in Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma.  More’s Utopia is an example of the ideas  that many Europeans at that time had in regards to using the Natives as “bondsmen” or serfs.

You can find this  idea presented in Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma starting on the 2nd paragraph on pages 37-38.

“….When I consider with myself and weigh in my mind the wise and godly ordinances of the Utopians, among whom with very few laws all things be so well and wealthily ordered, that virtue is had in price and estimation, and yet, all things being there common, every man hath abundance of everything.

….No household or farm in the country hath fewer than forty persons, men and women, besides two bondmen, which be all under the rule and order of the good man, and the good wife of the house, being both very sage and discreet persons…. For they dividing the day and the night into twenty-four hours, appoint and assign only six of those hours to work….

In this hall all vile service, all slavery, and drudgery, with all laboursome toil and business, is done by bondmen….”

URL: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/documents/documents_p2.cfm?doc=195

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