Conquering Nature in Spain and its Empire, 1750-1850

Conquering Nature in Spain and its Empire, 1750-1850

by Helen Cowie
     
 

This book examines the study of natural history in the Spanish empire in the years 1750-1850. During this period, Spain made strenuous efforts to survey, inventory and exploit the natural productions of her overseas possessions, orchestrating a serries of scientific expeditions and cultivating and displaying American fauna and flora in metropolitan gardens and

Overview

This book examines the study of natural history in the Spanish empire in the years 1750-1850. During this period, Spain made strenuous efforts to survey, inventory and exploit the natural productions of her overseas possessions, orchestrating a serries of scientific expeditions and cultivating and displaying American fauna and flora in metropolitan gardens and museums. This book assesses the cultural significance of natural history, emphasising the figurative and utilitarian value with which eighteenth-century Spaniards invested natural objects, from globetrotting elephants to three-legged chickens. It considers how the creation, legitimisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge reflected broader questions of imperial power and national identity.

This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of Spanish and Latin American History, the History of Science and Imperial Culture

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A cogent and well-rounded account of the new imperial and colonial cultures of natural history in the Spanish Empire.'" — Jorge CaNizares-Esguerra, American Historical Review, vol 118, no 1, February 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719084935
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Series:
Studies in Imperialism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Helen Cowie is a Research Fellow in History at the University of Plymouth

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