Before Columbus

"A welcome addition to the growing literature dedicated to 'Atlantic Studies.'. . . Recommended for the professional scholar, the university student, and the educated public."—History

Before Columbus
Exploration and Colonization from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1229-1492

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

1987 | 294 pages | Cloth $39.95 | Paper $24.95
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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on Names
List of Maps
Introduction
Problems and Approaches

PART 1. FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN . . .
1. The Island Conquests of the House of Bargelona
—Majorca, 'The Kingdom in the Sea'
—Ibiza and Formentera
—'Proceeding Eastwards': Minorca and Sardinia
—Aragon's Dynastic 'Empire'
2. The First 'Atlantic' Empire: Andalusia and its Environs
—The Conquest of Upper Andalusia
—The Conquest of Seville
—The Fate of the Moors
—The Nature of Settlement
3. A Mediterranean Land Empire: Sharq al Andalus
—Valencia and Northern Murcia: Conquest and Division
—Colonial Society in Valencia
—Southern Murcia
—An Imperial Formation
4. The Genoese Mediterranean
—The 'Absence' of the State
—The Sovereign Colonies
—'Ambivalence': Typical Genoese Colonisation and Trade
—The Transmission of Genoese Influence
5. The Rim of Africa
—The Condition of the Maghrib
—The Aragonese Protectorate
—The Merchant Colonists
—The Lure of the Gold Trade

PART 2. TO THE ATLANTIC
6. Mapping the Eastern Atlantic
—The Early Phases of Atlantic Navigation
—The Exploration of the Canaries
—The Mapping of the Archipelagoes
—The 'Unknown Pilots'
7. The Atlantic Crucible
—Fourteenth-century Beginnings
—Bethencourt, La Salle and the Peraza
—The Islands of the Infantes
—The Rounding of Africa's Bulge
—The Portuguese Colonies
8. From the Canaries to the New World
—The Context of Columbus
—The Last Canarian Conquests
—Granada, the Canaries and America
—The 'Rise' of Portugal and Castile
9. The Mental Horizon
—The 'Discovery of Man'
—The Image of the World

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