Christopher Columbus’s Naming in the ’diarios’ of the Four by Evelina Guzauskyte

By Evelina Guzauskyte

During this interesting e-book, Evelina Gužauskytė makes use of the names Columbus gave to locations within the Caribbean Basin that allows you to learn the advanced come across among Europeans and the local inhabitants.

Gužauskytė demanding situations the typical thought that Columbus’s acts of naming have been only an imperial try and impose his will at the terrain. in its place, she argues that they have been the results of the collisions among numerous certain worlds, together with the genuine and legendary geography of the outdated international, Portuguese and Catalan naming traditions, and the information and mapping practices of the Taino population of the Caribbean. instead of reflecting the Spanish wish for an orderly empire, Columbus’s number of position names was once fractured and fragmented – the fabricated from the explorer’s dynamic courting with the population, nature, and geography of the Caribbean Basin.

To supplement Gužauskytė’s argument, the e-book additionally good points the 1st complete record of the greater than 2 hundred Columbian position names which are documented in his diarios and different modern assets.

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Chasing any place names that may be lurking in the pages of other historical narratives or documents could easily turn into an endless endeavour, which most likely would not alter significantly the points made here. Since this is the first time that such a list has been compiled and published anywhere, I hope it will open doors to further studies of the implications and the nature of European naming acts in the Americas. A few notes need to be made regarding the titles of the Columbian texts and the spellings of authors’ names and place names used in this book.

The primary function of portolan charts was to record practical geographic information collected by seafarers during their voyages in a way that was most useful to future navigators. ”5 Since portolan charts were concerned not with the depiction of spatial dimensions, but with navigational routes based on distances between points along the coast, they relied heavily on the use of toponymy. 7 In contrast, the goal of the medieval mappa mundi was the ideological mapping of geographic and mythical space.

Among the Columbian place names, the spiritual / ideological category is also understood to include names of imaginary or mythical places whereas the current / historical category includes existing toponyms from Asia, Africa, and Europe as well as historical names of places. The Columbian toponymic discourse recorded in the ship logs and rendered at least partially in Las Casas’s transcriptions incorporates names of concrete places known to the navigators and travellers from navigational charts, maps, and travel narratives, such as Japan (Çipango), Ireland (Yrlanda), and Arabia (Aravia).

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