n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - "Th'indias of spice and mine" : an overview of the poetic plundering of new worlds by Shakespeare and his contemporaries




Exploration, discovery and colonisation were primarily mercantile in inspiration. We shall see in Bacon's "On Plantations" that plantations were expected to be profitable, and that a well-run plantation brought prestige to the mother country. Although Bacon recommends that natives be brought to England so that they can be impressed and in turn impress their compatriots, the reality was that many natives brought to England were reduced to side-show freaks both in their lives and deaths.


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