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Captivity narratives are stories of people captured by "uncivilized" enemies. The narratives often include a theme of redemption by faith in the face of the threats and temptations of an alien way of life. Barbary captivity narratives, stories of Englishmen captured by Barbary pirates were popular in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Redemption can mean several things: Redemption is a term in Christianity synonymous with salvation; or delivery from sins. ... The English are an ethnic group originating in the lowlands of Great Britain and are descendent primarily from the Anglo-Saxons, the Celts with minor influences from the Scandanavians and other groups. ... Battle between the british frigate HMS Mary Rose and seven Algerine pirates, 1669 Though at least a proportion of them are better described as privateers, the Barbary pirates operated out of Tunis, Tripoli, Algiers, Salè and ports in Morocco, preying on shipping in the western Mediterranean Sea from the time... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK...

American captivity narratives, stories of men and, particularly, women of European descent who were captured by Native Americans, were popular in both America and Europe from the 17th century until the close of the American frontier late in the 19th century. Mary Rowlandson's memoir A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson is a classic example of the genre. American captivity narratives were often based on true events, but they frequently contained fictional elements as well, and some were entirely fictional, created because the stories were popular. As a result, historians treat captivity narratives with caution, and many of them are regarded more as folklore than history.[citation needed] For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Native Americans in the United States (also known as Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States and their descendants in... On the theory of the meaning of the frontier see Frontier Thesis. ... Mary Rowlandson (1635-1711) was a colonial American woman, who wrote a vivid description of three months she spent living with Native Americans. ... Folklore is the body of verbal expressive culture, including tales, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs current among a particular population, comprising the oral tradition of that culture, subculture, or group. ...


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  • Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption - Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England - accessed January 6, 2006
  • Women Captives and Indian Captivity Narratives - accessed January 6, 2006
  • Community and Conflict: Captivity Narratives and Cross-Border Contact in the Seventeenth Century - accessed January 6, 2006

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UCF English Department: Faculty and Staff Information (890 words)
“’Cross-Cultural Conversations’: The Indian Captivity Narrative.” Blackwell Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America.
"Mary Rowlandson's Captivity and the 'Place' of the Woman Subject." Early American Literature 28: 3 (Winter 1993): 255-77.
“Mapping the Gendered Self: The Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey and the Geographies of Captivity.” 19th Annual DeBartolo Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Mary Jemison - Captivity Narrative - A Narrative of the Life of Mrs.
Mary Jemison, Captivity Narrative from the 1750s (1824)
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