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
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