Contested territories: arenas of geographical knowledge in early colonial Peru

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dc.contributor.author Scott, Heidi V.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T15:28:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T15:28:03Z
dc.date.issued 2003-04
dc.identifier.citation Scott , H V 2003 , ' Contested territories: arenas of geographical knowledge in early colonial Peru ' Journal of Historical Geography , vol 29 , no. 2 , pp. 166-188 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95772
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1643
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1643
dc.description Scott, Heidi, (2003) 'Contested territories: arenas of geographical knowledge in early colonial Peru', Journal of Historical Geography 29(2) pp.166-188 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the Spanish construction of geographical knowledges of sixteenth and early seventeenth century Peru and, in doing so, draws attention to their diversity. It is argued here that there is a need for greater inclusiveness when studying the production of colonial geographical knowledges. An exclusive focus on official geographies of the empire can produce only a partial understanding of European perceptions of colonised territories, as the perceptions of colonisers, and their physical engagement with those territories, often bore little relation to the visions of the empire that were put together in the metropolis. First, this paper traces the construction, in Spain's Council of the Indies, of an imperial geography of America that represented the New World as a space in which European social and political hierarchies had been implanted and pre-colonial geographies consigned to history. It then considers the way in which this vision was undermined in Peru not only by the persistence of pre-Hispanic understandings of territory, but also by the actions and concerns of the colonisers themselves. In doing so, it contributes to recent endeavours to counter the metropolitan bias that is apparent in much of the work on Spanish colonial geographies. en
dc.format.extent 23 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Historical Geography en
dc.title Contested territories: arenas of geographical knowledge in early colonial Peru en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jhge.2002.0414
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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