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Before Columbus Exploration and Colonization from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1229-1492

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ISBN-10: 0812214129

ISBN-13: 9780812214123

Edition: 1987

Authors: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Ruth Mazo Karras

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Demonstrating that Columbus's voyage was a new step in a centuries-old process of European expansion, Fernandez-Armesto provides a stimulating account of the broadening of Europe's physical and mental horizons in the Middle Ages. He shows how the techniques and institutions of medieval colonial expansion that were applied to the New World made long-term conquest and settlement possible. A brief introduction analyzes the problems that face students and historians. Then, concentrating on medieval Spanish colonial development, but carefully linking that development to the wider European process of expansion, the author surveys the great areas of expansion in the Western Mediterranean: the…    
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 6/1/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration and Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and London.

A Note on Names
List of Maps
Problems and Approaches
From the Mediterranean ...
The Island Conquests of the House of Bargelona
Majorca, 'The Kingdom in the Sea'
Ibiza and Formentera
'Proceeding Eastwards': Minorca and Sardinia
Aragon's Dynastic 'Empire'
The First 'Atlantic' Empire: Andalusia and its Environs
The Conquest of Upper Andalusia
The Conquest of Seville
The Fate of the Moors
The Nature of Settlement
A Mediterranean Land Empire: Sharq al Andalus
Valencia and Northern Murcia: Conquest and Division
Colonial Society in Valencia
Southern Murcia
An Imperial Formation
The Genoese Mediterranean
The 'Absence' of the State
The Sovereign Colonies
'Ambivalence': Typical Genoese Colonisation and Trade
The Transmission of Genoese Influence
The Rim of Africa
The Condition of the Maghrib
The Aragonese Protectorate
The Merchant Colonists
The Lure of the Gold Trade
To the Atlantic
Mapping the Eastern Atlantic
The Early Phases of Atlantic Navigation
The Exploration of the Canaries
The Mapping of the Archipelagoes
The 'Unknown Pilots'
The Atlantic Crucible
Fourteenth-century Beginnings
Bethencourt, La Salle and the Peraza
The Islands of the Infantes
The Rounding of Africa's Bulge
The Portuguese Colonies
From the Canaries to the New World
The Context of Columbus
The Last Canarian Conquests
Granada, the Canaries and America
The 'Rise' of Portugal and Castile
The Mental Horizon
The 'Discovery of Man'
The Image of the World
Further Reading