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Visible EmpireBotanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment$
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Daniela Bleichmar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226058535

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.001.0001

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A Botanical Reconquista

A Botanical Reconquista

(p.17) Chapter One A Botanical Reconquista
Visible Empire

Daniela Bleichmar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the natural history expeditions of the Spanish Empire and outlines the mode of work. It explains that the expeditions were part of ambitious program of imperial science which pursued multiple and interconnected objectives and brought together European and American naturalists, artists, administrators, and various local inhabitants. It also highlights the role of visual materials in the investigation of New World nature.

Keywords:   natural history expeditions, Spanish Empire, imperial science, naturalists, artists, visual materials, New World nature

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