HISA04H3- New World Contact 09/17/2012
Our Main 2 Images of the Lecture
• Colombus and the Taino- representation of Columbus and the people he
encountered/met with. Some implication of civilized and savage.
• Asserted their dominance through
• Renaissance rebirth of integrity in Europe
• Bougainville and New Cythera
• More than half a century later than Columbus, French explorer set out to be the first
• Named it new Cythera, because it’s a reference back to greek and roman integrity
• Drew upon these stories of integrity to draw onto this place
• Why Did Bougainville call Tahiti “New Cythera”?
• Island where goddess of love came from
• This woman that came n the boat, was put in terms of things they knew from ancient
greek and roman mythology
• The Egg and the Chestnut (Jose de Acosta)
• He was somebody in 16 century that recognized this problem: He compared the
wild life of the old t the new was like comparing an egg to a chestnut
• Moctezuma and Cortes-
• Image, what implies its a subject or ruler?
• New World Contact- Representation 09/17/2012
Tignor, World Together, Worlds Apart, 452-470
Pomeranz, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart Companion Reader, 66-82.88-100
The Two Senses of “Making History”
• Issues of representation
• When Columbus looked at the Amerca, he “peered through tightly woves filters of
expectation and assumption from the past.” (Columbus and the Indies)
• For example, naming it “the Indies.”
• Converting the Chinese into Christianity
His expectation of reaching
• Columbus believed the earth was “round”
• We also have our own filters of expectation and assumptions when looking back at
• In the Caribbean sea, he saw mermaids.
• Why did Columbus see mermaids?
The state of his biological knowledge at the time, was different from ours
• Why did he write that he saw mermaids?
• Represent daily life in Asia- the image of the East in Mandeville’s Travels
• Account of English traveler to the East
• Images of the East New World Contact