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The tropics of empire : why Columbus sailed south to the Indies

Author: Nicol�as Wey G�omez. ; Nicolás Wey Gómez
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Columbus's intention was also to sail south, to the tropics. In The Tropics of Empire, Nicolas Wey Gomez 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. Wey Gomez  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wey Gómez, Nicolás.
Tropics of empire.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609317953
Named Person: Christopher Columbus; Albertus, Magnus Saint; Pierre d' Ailly; Bartolomé de las Casas; Cristóbal Colón; Pierre d' Ailly; Albertus, Magnus Saint; Bartolomé de las Casas; Christopher Columbus; Cristoforo Colombo; Cristoforo Colombo; Christopher Columbus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicol�as Wey G�omez. ; Nicolás Wey Gómez
ISBN: 9780262232647 0262232642
OCLC Number: 137222779
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention, World History & Biography/Autobiography category, 2008 PROSE Awards presented by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. 2008
Winner of Winner, Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize given by the Modern Language Association (MLA). 2008
Description: xxiv, 592 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : why Columbus sailed south to the Indies --
Machina mundi : the moral authority of place in the early transatlantic encounter --
Columbus and the open geography of the ancients --
The meaning of India in pre-Columbian Europe --
From place to colonialism in the Aristotelian tradition --
En la parte del sol : Iberia's invention of the Afro-Indian tropics, 1434-1494 --
Between Cathay and a hot place : reorienting the Asia-America debate --
The tropics of empire in Columbus's Diario.
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Responsibility: Nicolás Wey Gómez.
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A radical revision of the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas that links Columbus's southbound route with colonialism, slavery, and today's divide between the industrialized North  Read more...

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Mr. [Wey] Gomez's volume... offer[s] tremendous insight into the prevailing medieval understanding of the shape of the world Columbus encountered and absorbed.-Alfred W. Crosby, The New York Sun This Read more...

 
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