Producing the Pacific: Maps and Narratives of Spanish Exploration (1567-1606)

Producing the Pacific: Maps and Narratives of Spanish Exploration (1567-1606)

Producing the Pacific: Maps and Narratives of Spanish Exploration (1567-1606)

Producing the Pacific: Maps and Narratives of Spanish Exploration (1567-1606)

Synopsis

This volume offers the reader an interdisciplinary reading of the maps, narratives and rituals related to the three Spanish voyages to the South Pacific that took place between 1567 and 1606. These journeys were led by Alvaro de Mendana, Pedro Fernandez de Quiros and Isabel Barreto, the first woman ever to become admiral of and command a fleet. Mercedes Maroto Camino presents a cultural analysis of these journeys and takes issue with some established notions about the value of the past and the way it is always rewritten from the perspective of the present. She highlights the social, political and cultural environment in which maps and narratives circulate, suggesting that their significance is always subject to negotiation and transformation."
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