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Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World

Maria M. Portuondo


The discovery of the New World raised many questions for early modern scientists: What did these lands contain? Where did they lie in relation to Europe? Who lived there, and what were their inhabitants like? Imperial expansion necessitated changes in the way scientific knowledge was gathered, and Spanish cosmographers in particular were charged with turning their observations of the New World into a body of knowledge that could be used for governing the largest empire the world had ever known. As this book shows, this cosmographic knowledge had considerable strategic, defensive, and monetary ... More

Keywords: Spain, New World, cosmography, scientific knowledge, imperial expansion, royal scientists, natural world, cosmographers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226675343
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria M. Portuondo, author