Too Many Blackamoors: Deportation, Discrimination, and Elizabeth I

  title={Too Many Blackamoors: Deportation, Discrimination, and Elizabeth I},
  author={Emily Carroll Bartels},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={305 - 322}
  • E. Bartels
  • Published 18 May 2006
  • History
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Critics have long used Queen Elizabeth's public letters ordering the deportation of "blackamoors" as evidence of the extent to which racial prejudice pervaded the early modern English state. Uncovering an otherwise unattended history, I argue that the targeted subjects were West Africans captured from Spanish New World settlements and important primarily as "Spanish" subjects. Elizabeth defends her proposals by categorically derogating "black" subjects. But while her letters articulate a color… 

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