Early American Cartographies

Early American CartographiesEdited by Martin Brückner

Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen essays in Early American Cartographies examine indigenous and European peoples’ creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited. Drawing from both current historical interpretations and new interdisciplinary perspectives, this collection provides diverse approaches to understanding the multilayered exchanges that went into creating cartographic knowledge in and about the Americas. This volume not only highlights the collaborative genesis of cartographic knowledge about the early Americas; the essays also bring to light original archives and innovative methodologies for investigating spatial relations among peoples in the Western Hemisphere. Taken together, the authors reveal the roles of early American cartographies in shaping popular notions of national space, informing visual perception, animating literary imagination, and structuring the political history of Anglo- and Ibero- America.

Contributors: Martin Brückner, Michael J. Drexler, Matthew H. Edney, Jess Edwards, Júnia Ferreira Furtado, William Gustav Gartner, Gavin Hollis, Scott Lehman, Ken MacMillan, Barbara E. Mundy, Andrew Newman, Ricardo Padrón, and Judith Ridner.

Hardcover: 9.5” x 6.5”, 485pp.
© 2011