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The Tropics Of Empire

Author: Nicolas Wey Gomez.

The Tropics Of Empire

Author: Nicolas Wey Gomez.

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Item #: D13816
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 616
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: MIT
ISBN: 9780262232647
Everyone knows that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, seeking a new route to the East; few note, however, that his intention was also to sail southward, to the tropics. Here Nicolás Wey Gómez rewrites the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas, casting it as part of Europe's reawakening to the natural and human resources ... More
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Everyone knows that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, seeking a new route to the East; few note, however, that his intention was also to sail southward, to the tropics. Here Nicolás Wey Gómez rewrites the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas, casting it as part of Europe's reawakening to the natural and human resources of the South. In this provocative, illustrated survey, Wey Gómez shows that Columbus shared in a common yet an unscientific tradition that linked terrestrial latitude to the nature of places, leading him to conclude that the "uncivilized" people he encountered on his journeys were natural-born subjects or slaves.


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