The Indies of the Setting Sun - How Early Modern Spain Mapped the Far East as the Transpacific West

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Narratives of Europe's sixteenth-century westward expansion often tell of how the Americas came to be known as a distinct land mass, a continent separate from Asia and uniquely positioned as new ground ripe for transatlantic colonialism. But this geographic vision of the Americas was not shared by all Europeans. While some imperialists imagined North and Central America as a new and undiscovered land, the Spanish pushed to define the New World as part of a larger and eminently flexible geography that they called las Indias, and that by right, belonged to the Crown of Castile and Leon. Las Indias included all of the New World as well as East and Southeast Asia, although Spain's understanding of the relationship between the two areas changed as the realities of the Pacific Rim came into sharper focus. At first, the Spanish insisted that North and Central America were an extension of the continent of Asia. Eventually, they came to understand East and Southeast Asia as a transpacific extension of their empire in America called las Indias del poniente, or the Indies of the Setting Sun. The Indies of the Setting Sun charts the Spanish vision of a transpacific imperial expanse, beginning with Balboa's discovery of the South Sea and ending almost one hundred years later with Spain's final push for control of the Pacific. Padron traces a series of attempts--both cartographic and discursive--to map the space from Mexico to Malacca, revealing the geopolitical imaginations at play in the quest for control of the New World and Asia. show more

Book details

EAN

9780226455679

Classifications

Southern Europe
Asia
Literary studies=> general
European history
Asian history
Early modern history=> c 1450\/1500 to c 1700
Cartography, map-making and projections

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

352 pages

Weight(g)

588g

Dimensions(mm)

162 x 237 x 27

Publication date

2020-07-29

Publisher

The University of Chicago Press

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780226455679
Classification Southern Europe
Asia
Literary studies=> general
European history
Asian history
Early modern history=> c 1450\/1500 to c 1700
Cartography, map-making and projections
Format Hardback
Number of pages 352 pages
Weight(g) 588g
Dimensions(mm) 162 x 237 x 27
Publication date 2020-07-29
Publisher The University of Chicago Press
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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