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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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Discipline and Love

Discipline and Love

Linschoten and the Estado da Índia

(p.205) Chapter Eleven Discipline and Love
Rereading the Black Legend

Carmen Nocentelli

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the creation of the Portuguese Black Legend by Dutch traveler Jan Huygen van Linschoten in his 1596 book “Itinerario.” In this book van Linschoten described a marked decline in the Portuguese maritime empire due to the tendency of the colonists to go native, pushed to the brink of moral bankruptcy by Oriental influences and especially by the allure of native women. In short, he portrayed a colonial system that not only was manifestly incapable of further expansion but also showed clear signs of contraction.

Keywords:   Portuguese Black Legend, Jan Huygen van Linschoten, Itinerario, maritime empire, Oriental influences, native women, colonial system

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