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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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(p.186) Conclusion
Visible Empire

Daniela Bleichmar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the visual culture and natural history in the Spanish Empire. It suggests that the large-scale investigation of imperial nature was linked to administrative reforms that sought to counter political and economic pressures. It also evaluates the success of the expeditions in achieving their goals. This chapter explains that while the expeditions failed at economic botany, they were more successful in achieving their taxonomic botany and collecting objectives.

Keywords:   visual culture, natural history, Spanish Empire, administrative reforms, economic botany, taxonomic botany

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