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Global History and Geography of Richard Hakluyt and La Popelinère (1580–1600)

Fri, March 23, 9:00 to 10:30am, Hilton Riverside, 1st Level - Grand Salon Breakout 24


I would like to analyse the concepts of history and geography vis-à-vis colonialism in the works of Lancelot Voisin de la Popelinière (1541-1608) and Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616). In response to the Iberian conquista and overseas mercantile expansion, Hakluyt and La Popelinière proposed their geo-historical colonial projects for England and France respectively via treatises, travel collections, and translations embedded in their Renaissance scholarly networks. Their editorial projects are often read as foundational national texts by modern scholarship, so I would like to suggest a more global reading of their works. The early modern European production and circulation of news about the variety of environments and peoples in other-than-European parts of the globe became a fundamental component of a new way of writing history and describing the world, in a shared yet competitive context of Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and Dutch interest in maritime travels and its ontological and epistemological consequences.


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