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The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815

A Reader of Primary Sources

Christina Lee Ricardo Padrón Ana M Christina Lee Ino Manalo Jody Blanco Jorge Mojarro Kathryn Santner Leo Garofalo Miguel Martinez

250 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The Spanish Pacific designates the space Spain colonized or aspired to rule in Asia between 1521 -- with the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan -- and 1815 -- the end of the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade route. It encompasses what we identify today as the Philippines and the Marianas, but also Spanish America, China, Japan, and other parts of Asia that in the Spanish imagination were extensions of its Latin American colonies. This reader provides a selection of documents relevant to the encounters and entanglements that arose in the Spanish Pacific among Europeans, Spanish Americans, and Asians while highlighting the role of natives, mestizos, and women. A-first-of-its-kind, each of the documents in this collection was selected, translated into English, and edited by a different scholar in the field of early modern Spanish Pacific studies, who also provided commentary and bibliography.
Author Bio
Christina Hyo-Jung Lee is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. She is an early modernist whose work has been focused on the literary and cultural productions of Iberian Spain and the Spanish Pacific, with particular emphasis on questions of religion and race.Ricardo Padrón is Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. He is an early modernist who studies the geopolitical imaginary in the early modern Hispanic world, as expressed in the cartography, literature, and historiography of the period.