Format: Print Length
Publisher: University of Texas Press (January 1, 2010)
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Size: 5.4 MB
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As Spain colonized the Americas through the 16th century, Spanish infantrymen, bureaucrats, retailers, adventurers, physicians, send pilots, and friars explored the flora and fauna, collected information, drew maps, and despatched domestic specimens of America's enormous assets of animals, crops, and minerals. This collecting of empirical wisdom approximately Spain's American possessions had far-reaching results. It overturned the medieval knowing of nature derived from Classical texts and helped start up the trendy clinical revolution. And it allowed Spain to commodify and keep watch over the typical assets upon which it equipped its American empire.In this ebook, Antonio Barrera-Osorio investigates how Spain's want for actual information regarding its American colonies gave upward thrust to empirical clinical practices and their institutionalization, which, he asserts, was once Spain's leader contribution to the early clinical revolution. He additionally conclusively hyperlinks empiricism to empire-building as he specializes in 5 components of Spanish job in the US: the hunt for commodities in, and the ecological transformation of, the hot international; the institutionalization of navigational and information-gathering practices on the Spanish Casa de los angeles Contratación (House of Trade); the advance of tools and applied sciences for exploiting the average assets of the Americas; using experiences and questionnaires for amassing info; and the writing of ordinary histories in regards to the Americas.