Christopher Columbus’s Naming in the ’diarios’ of the Four by Evelina Guzauskyte

By Evelina Guzauskyte

During this attention-grabbing ebook, Evelina Gužauskytė makes use of the names Columbus gave to locations within the Caribbean Basin with the intention to research the complicated stumble upon among Europeans and the local inhabitants.

Gužauskytė demanding situations the typical proposal that Columbus’s acts of naming have been basically an imperial try to impose his will at the terrain. as an alternative, she argues that they have been the results of the collisions among a number of unique worlds, together with the true and legendary geography of the outdated global, Portuguese and Catalan naming traditions, and the data and mapping practices of the Taino population of the Caribbean. instead of reflecting the Spanish wish for an orderly empire, Columbus’s number of position names was once fractured and fragmented – the manufactured from the explorer’s dynamic courting with the population, nature, and geography of the Caribbean Basin.

To supplement Gužauskytė’s argument, the publication additionally positive factors the 1st accomplished record of the greater than 2 hundred Columbian position names which are documented in his diarios and different modern resources.

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1240), in which Christ’s head, hands, and feet point to the four cardinal directions. Ideology was of course not the sole purpose of medieval mappae mundi. In addition to representing visions of spiritual symbolism on landscapes, they also included accurate geographic information based on the knowledge available at the time. B. Harley and David Woodward, Woodward addresses these Brought to you by | Cambridge University Library Authenticated Download Date | 10/30/16 5:20 AM 34 Christopher Columbus’s Naming in the diarios various purposes of the European mappae mundi including their realistic and symbolic functions.

Can we really fathom that this metaphoric emptiness existed even in Columbus’s mind at the time of writing in the ship logs? Invention did not occur in a vacuum simply because language was (and is) a space crowded with cultural and cross-cultural meanings and intersections. In this regard, Paul Carter’s words about Cook’s naming of places along the Australian coastline are pertinent here: The significance of this overdetermination of meaning does not lie in the direction of Cook’s psychology, but in the revelation of the fact that Cook moved in a world of language.

Since this is the first time that such a list has been compiled and published anywhere, I hope it will open doors to further studies of the implications and the nature of European naming acts in the Americas. A few notes need to be made regarding the titles of the Columbian texts and the spellings of authors’ names and place names used in this book. To distinguish between the original ship logs Columbus composed while on his voyages and the transcriptions that Las Casas made of them later, I use the term “ship log” or “ship logs” when referring to those original logs, which have been lost, and the complete text of which is hence unknown to us.

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