Early American cartographies /
edited by Martin Brückner.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
xiii, 485 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0807834696 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807834695 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
0807834696 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807834695 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
From abstraction to allegory : the imperial cartography of Vicente de Memije / Ricardo Padrón -- Centers and peripheries in English maps of America, 1590-1685 / Ken MacMillan -- A compass to steer by : John Locke, Carolina, and the politics of Restoration geography / Jess Edwards -- Rebellious maps : José Joaquim da Rocha and the proto-independence movement in Colonial Brazil / Junía Ferreira Furtado -- The wrong side of the map? : the cartographic encounters of John Lederer / Gavin Hollis -- An image to carry the world within it : performance cartography and the Skidi star chart / William Gustav Gartner -- Closing the circle : mapping a native account of colonial land fraud / Andrew Newman -- Competition over land, competition over empire : public discourse and printed maps of the Kennebec River, 1753-1755 / Matthew H. Edney -- Building urban spaces for the interior : Thomas Penn and the colonization of eighteenth-century Pennsylvania / Judith Ridner -- Mapping Havana in the Gentleman's magazine, 1740-1762 / Scott Lehman -- National cartography and indigenous space in Mexico / Barbara E. Mundy -- The spectacle of maps in British America, 1750-1800 / Martin Brückner -- Hurricanes and revolutions / Michael J. Drexler.
general note
"Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia"--P. [ii].
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen essays in Early American Cartographies examine indigenous and European peoples' creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited.
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"Bruckner has taken the plurality of his title to heart. By expanding the definition of mapmaking to incorporate multiple perspectives and practices, this book embraces maps not only as static images but also as performance, at different scales, across time, through cultures. The authors develop themes as broad as imperial politics and nascent independence movements and as focused as land frauds and urban imaging, pausing along the way to gaze at the stars through Amerindian eyes and to view with surprise the large maps on the walls of humble colonial homes. These essays and Bruckner's cogent introduction pull "cartographies" to the center stage in the theater of early American histories."--Mary Pedley, The History of Cartography Project, William L. Clements Library
"Lucid and insightful. . . . [A] thought-provoking collection." - Journal of American History
"All those interested in. . . the history of cartography will find a number of articles in this volume to their liking. Those interested in early American cartography will want to add this book to their personal libraries." - The Portolan
"Bruckner assembled a talented set of contributions from university departments of English, history, geography, art history and romance languages.... Many chapters in Early American Cartographies should have a wide readership." - Journal of Historical Geography
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Main Description
Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen essays in Early American Cartographies examine indigenous and European peoples' creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited. Drawing from both current historical interpretations and new interdisciplinary perspectives, this collection provides diverse approaches to understanding the multilayered exchanges that went into creating cartographic knowledge in and about the Americas. In the introduction, editor Martin Bruckner provides a critical assessment of the concept of cartography and of the historiography of maps. The individual essays, then, range widely over space and place, from the imperial reach of Iberian and British cartography to indigenous conceptualizations, including "dirty," ephemeral maps and star charts, to demonstrate that pre-nineteenth-century American cartography was at once a multiform and multicultural affair. This volume not only highlights the collaborative genesis of cartographic knowledge about the early Americas; the essays also bring to light original archives and innovative methodologies for investigating spatial relations among peoples in the western hemisphere. Taken together, the authors reveal the roles of early American cartographies in shaping popular notions of national space, informing visual perception, animating literary imagination, and structuring the political history of Anglo- and Ibero-America. The contributors are: Martin Bruckner, University of Delaware Michael J. Drexler, Bucknell University Matthew H. Edney, University of Southern Maine Jess Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University Junia Ferreira Furtado, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil William Gustav Gartner, University of Wisconsin–Madison Gavin Hollis, Hunter College of the City University of New York Scott Lehman, independent scholar Ken MacMillan, University of Calgary Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University Andrew Newman, Stony Brook University Ricardo Padron, University of Virginia Judith Ridner, Muhlenberg College
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Introduction: The Plurality of Early American Cartographyp. 1
Cartographic Horizons and Imperial Politics
Deep Archives; or, The Empire has too many Maps
From Abstraction to Allegory: The Imperial Cartography of Vicente de Memijep. 35
Centers and Peripheries in English Maps of America, 1590-1685p. 67
The (Un)making of Colonies
A Compass to Steer by: John Locke, Carolina, and the Politics of Restoration Geographyp. 93
Rebellious Maps: José Joaquim da Rocha and the Proto-Independence Movement in Colonial Brazilp. 116
Cartographic Encounters and Local Knowledge
Native Maps/Mapping Natives
The Wrong Side of the Map? The Cartographic Encounters of John Ledererp. 145
An Image to Carry the World within It: Performance Cartography and the Skidi Star Chartp. 169
Closing the Circle: Mapping a Native Account of Colonial Land Fraudp. 248
Cosmopolitan Maps
Competition over Land, Competition over Empire: Public Discourse and Printed Maps of the Kennebec River, 1753-1755p. 276
Building Urban Spaces for the Interior: Thomas Penn and the Colonization of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvaniap. 306
Mapping Havana in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1740-1762p. 339
Meta-Cartographies: Icons, Objects, and Metaphors
National Cartography and Indigenous Space in Mexicop. 363
The Spectacle of Maps in British America, 1750-1800p. 389
Hurricanes and Revolutionsp. 442
Notes on Contributorsp. 467
Indexp. 469
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