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Tropics of Empire Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies

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ISBN-10: 0262232642

ISBN-13: 9780262232647

Edition: 2008

Authors: Nicol�s Wey-G�mez, N. W. Gomez

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Everyone knows that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, seeking a new route to the East. Few note, however, that Columbus's intention was also to sail south, to the tropics. In The Tropics of Empire,Nicolás Wey Gómez rewrites the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas, casting it as part of Europe's reawakening to the natural and human resources of the South. Wey Gómez shows that Columbus shared in a scientific and technical tradition that linked terrestrial latitude to the nature of places, and that he drew a highly consequential distinction between the higher, cooler latitudes of Mediterranean Europe and the globe's lower, hotter latitudes. The…    
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/13/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 584
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 5.764
Language: English

List of Figures
Introduction: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies
Machina Mundi: The Moral Authority of Place in the Early Transatlantic Encounter
Columbus and the Open Geography of the Ancients
The Meaning of India in Pre-Columbian Europe
From Place to Colonialism in the Aristotelian Tradition
En la Parte del Sol: Iberia's Invention of the Afro-Indian Tropics, 1434-1494
Between Cathay and a Hot Place: Reorienting the Asia-America Debate
The Tropics of Empire in Columbus's Diario