Shards of the Atlantic: Sweden and 17th-Century Colonialism

Author(s): Jonas Nordin

Year: 2013


This paper deals with expressions of colonialism and colonial ideology in 17th-century Sweden in the light of the New Sweden Colony in the Delaware Valley 1638–55 and contacts between Native Americans and Swedes and their exchange of material culture. Furthermore, the paper traces some of the objects in Sweden and discusses their meaning and use in the new context. An object-biographical approach underlines the complexity and relevance of material things in a colonial situation, in the colonies as well as in the mother country. The examination encompasses the journey across the Atlantic and deals with the use of material culture in New Sweden as well as the mother country. Both America and Sweden were influenced by the material culture of colonial contact, a material culture that became part of a process that changed both people and societies and being part of the foundation of the modern world.

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Shards of the Atlantic: Sweden and 17th-Century Colonialism. Jonas Nordin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428288)


Colonialism modernity object biography

Geographic Keywords
Sweden Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: 11.113; min lat: 55.34 ; max long: 24.167; max lat: 69.06 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 481