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The Tropics of Empire
Author: Nicolas Wey Gomez

ISBN: 9780262232647
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 17 May 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 20.3 x 5.7
Description:
Winner, Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize given by the Modern Language Association (MLA)., Winning entry, General Trade Cover/Jacket Category, in the 2009 New England Book Show sponsored by Bookbuilders of Boston. and Honorable Mention, World History & Biography/Autobiography category, 2008 PROSE Awards presented by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. 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, " Nicolas Wey Gomez 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 Gomez 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 legacy of Columbus's assumptions, Wey Gomez contends, ranges from coloni...

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