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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Talk by Nicola Wey-Gomez

Tue, September 8, 2009 • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM • Garrison 1.102

The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies

Join Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and his graduate seminar students as they welcome Nicolas Wey-Gomez, Associate Professor at the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University as he discusses his book The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies.

"This superb, learned book offers a  the vast scholarship on the Genoese has failed to notice: a man who sailed to the tropics, not the East. Rooted in ancient and medieval sources, the 'open earth model' ofColumbus predicted a bountiful, temperate paradise in the equator, rich in gold, commodities, and spiritless slaves. 's tropics explain the ruthless nature of the early modern European imperial expansion to theNew World. A tour de force, a model of scholarship!"
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History,  of  at AustinTexasUniversity


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