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By Lauren Benton

ISBN-10: 0521881056

ISBN-13: 9780521881050

A look for Sovereignty maps a brand new method of international heritage by means of interpreting the relation of legislation and geography in ecu empires among 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial area as networks of corridors and enclaves, and they developed sovereignty in ways in which merged principles approximately geography and legislation. Conflicts over treason, piracy, convict transportation, martial legislation, and crime created abnormal areas of legislations, whereas additionally attaching criminal meanings to well-known geographic different types comparable to rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The ensuing felony and spatial anomalies prompted debates approximately imperial constitutions and foreign legislation either within the colonies and at domestic. This unique research alterations our figuring out of empire and its legacies and opens new views at the worldwide heritage of legislation.

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From here I entered C ¸ actan, and from C ¸ actan entered Chinamit, both being on lagoons and rivers of saltwater. From Chinamit, they took me by water to what is an inlet of an arm of the great lagoon. From there, going through the ranch of Pedro Hernandez, I came to Bacalar. All this was by canoe. 41 As with the rest of Salazar’s voyage, reported in the form of an itinerary, it would be difficult even now to map this sequence of moves. 42 Stopping places and destinations punctuated imperial corridors.

4. On the emergence of a “knowledge . . of particulars” in Spanish writings on the New World, see Antonio Barrera-Osorio, “Nature and Experience in the New World: Spain and England in the ´ alla´ de la leyenda Making of the New Science,” in Eamon and Navarro Brotons, Mas ´ negra, 132. Daston and Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature, 237. See Daston and Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature, 237; Barrera-Osorio, “Nature and Experience in the New World”; and Juan Pimentel, who discusses the unstable relation between travelers and verisimilitude in Testigos del mundo: Ciencia, literature ´ Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2003, chap.

He identifies a Spanish term, croquis, for this genre of sketch maps (55, 76–7). On the connections between descriptive geography and ideas about early English empire, see Lesley B. Cormack, Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities, 1580–1620 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), chaps. 4–5. Cormack also traces the influence of studying geography on a generation of men involved with overseas ventures; in early seventeenth-century England, many of the men involved in the promotion of empire had studied descriptive geography and chorography at Oxford and Cambridge.

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