The Early Spanish Main

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What happened from 1942 to 1519, when Columbus and the Spaniards were staking out an American Empire? Carl O. Sauer uses contemporary sources and his authoritative knowledge of land forms, vegetation and ethnography in Latin America to place the history of the early Spanish Main in a fresh context. This account of the voyages of discovery, of the early years of Spanish administration, and how the Spaniards dealt with the crises of their colonial policies, is a definitive work of historical geography as well as an exciting readable book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521088480
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Ortwin Sauer (1889-1975), until his death, taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he trained an entire generation of geographers and founded the Berkeley school of cultural geography. Anthony Pagden is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge University.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Abbreviations; 1. introduction; 2. The discovery; 3. Aboriginal condition of the islands; 4. Española under Columbus; 5. Change of government license to discover (1499-1502); 6. Veragua, last venture of Columbus (1502-1504); 7. Organization of the Indies (1502-1509); 8. Attempts to occupy Tierra Firme (1504-1509); 9. Expansion from Española (1509-1519); 10. Island crisis and its effects (1509-1519); 11. Entry to Darién and the South Sea (1511-1514); 12. Cuevan country and people; 13. Castilla del Oro (1514-1519); 14. Indian langs of farther Castilla del Oro; 15. Establishment on the South Sea; 16. Native decline and ecologic change in Castilla del Oro; 17. The end of the era; Index.

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