How Spain redrew the world

TitleHow Spain redrew the world
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSafier, N
JournalNature
Volume461
Pagination176-176
ISBN Number0028-0836
KeywordsBook reviews, Books, GEOGRAPHY, Maria M, NONFICTION, Portuondo
Abstract

  In the years that followed, the maps, treatises and narrative accounts found inside the trunk revealed the geography of a new world to this enthusiastic map-maker, whose job included updating the empire's navigational charts and keeping ships' pilots and government bureaucrats informed of any new geographical data retrieved from overseas. In the past two decades or so, some Spanish historians of science have adopted a defensive tone when discussing the supposed lack of Iberian prowess during the scientific revolution - as compared with the better-known discoveries made by northern Europeans such as Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler or Isaac Newton.;   In the years that followed, the maps, treatises and narrative accounts found inside the trunk revealed the geography of a new world to this enthusiastic map-maker, whose job included updating the empire's navigational charts and keeping ships' pilots and government bureaucrats informed of any new geographical data retrieved from overseas. In the past two decades or so, some Spanish historians of science have adopted a defensive tone when discussing the supposed lack of Iberian prowess during the scientific revolution - as compared with the better-known discoveries made by northern Europeans such as Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler or Isaac Newton.