Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 7

May 2003

News of Members
Brent Allison is the interim curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota. Brent also is the Director of the John Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota.
     Roger Baskes has been elected the new president of IMCOS. He serves SHD as the chair of the Honors Committee.
     Sanford Bederman continues to teach his annual course at Senior University of Greater Atlanta. This year’s course, taught during the Winter 2003 term, was entitled “My Favorite Explorers.” Retired professionals obviously have an affinity for historical geography because 145 students enrolled in the class. Of course, there were no examinations. His article, “The British Lieutenant’s Woman,” was published in Mercator’s World (January-February 2003), pp. 46-51. Sandy represented SHD at the Memorial Event in London in March 2003, sponsored by the Hakluyt Society to honor David Quinn.
     Philip Boucher wrote “The ‘Frontier Era’ of the French Caribbean, 1620s-1690s” in Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the Americas, 1500-1820, eds. Christine Daniel and Michael Kennedy (2002). He also chaired the Program Committee that planned the 2003 Toulouse, France meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society, which was held May 14-18.
     Anthony Brandt writes that he has edited and abridged a new edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark for the National Geographic Society. It is part of an ongoing series of “Adventure Classics” reprints. This edition is notable for the use of modern spelling.
     In February, Roy Bridges’ book, People and Places in Newmachar was published in Scotland. Professor Bridges says that it has some limited reference to explorers connected with the area, most notably Admiral George S. Nares the Arctic explorer, and to the great cartographer, Robert Gordon of Straloch. He wrote an entry for The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing, entitled “Exploration and Travel outside Europe,” 1720-1914 (pages 53-69).
     In July 2001, Professor Bridges was elected President of the Hakluyt Society. He is much responsible for planning the society’s memorial event for David Quinn, which was held in London on March 13, 2003.
     Wesley Brown, after years of studying and researching medieval mappaemundi, has begun a new

area of research—the mapping of Colorado. He has been collecting material on this subject for 30 years, but had not earnestly conducted research before. Wes is having fun with his new project.
     Rand Burnette retired from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL as Professor Emeritus of History. After his term as President of the Illinois State Historical Society ended in April 2003, he and his wife, Pat, went to London to work on their biography of Thomas Hutchins. 
     Amy Turner Bushnell has completed three chapters for two books: “Gates, Patterns, and Peripheries: The Field of Frontier Latin America,” and with Jack P. Greene, “Peripheries, Centers, and the Construction of Early Modern American Empires,” in Christine Daniels and Michael Kennedy, eds, Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820 (New York: Routledge Press, 2002) 15-28; 1-14. Her last piece, “The First Southerners: Indians in the Early South,” appeared in John B. Boles, ed., The Blackwell Companion to the American South (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2002), 3-23.
     David Buisseret completed his contribution to the Harley/Woodward History of Cartography, vol. III, on “Spanish overseas mapping under the Hapsburgs.” He and his wife, Pat, have also been working on an edition of the Taylor Manuscript for the University of the West Indies Press.



Fig. 5 – Eric Wolf and Lee Wolf in Tonalá, a market town suburb of Guadalajara.

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