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South Sea Dreams

South Sea Dreams

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The Indies of the Setting Sun
Ricardo Padrón
University of Chicago Press

All too often, we interpret early modern cartographic materials through the lens of contemporary ideas about global geography, which tend to emphasize the importance of what has been called “the architecture of the continents.” Yet the early modern geographical imagination did not map the world exclusively through the framework provided by the continental scheme. It also thought in terms of climatic zones and, increasingly, routes of maritime travel. This chapter explores the implication of such metageographical diversity for our interpretation of early modern maps and cartographic writing, focusing on the 1519 map of the world attributed to Jorge Reinel.

Keywords:   metageography, climate theory, worldmaking, Jorge Reinel, Amerasia

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