Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 8

May 2003

      This is a lengthy account of Jamaica in 1686, describing not only its history, but also its lands, people, and products. It has never been published before and should be an interesting contribution to general Jamaican history. David’s book, The Mapmaker’s Quest: Depicting the New World in Renaissance Europe, will be published in summer 2003 by Oxford University Press.
     From May through July 2002, Timothy Coates was visiting professor at the Universidade de Lisboa. He taught (in Portuguese) a graduate seminar in the history of criminal exile to Africa. His books, Convicts and Orphans: Forced and State-Sponsored Colonizers in the Portuguese Empire, 1550-1755, was published by Stanford University press in 2001, and with Geraldo Pieroni, Castro Marim: Da vila do couto à vila de sal, 1550-1850 was published in Lisbon by Sà da Costa Editors in 2002. 
     On June 10, 2001, Timothy was awarded the medal and title, “Grand Commander of the order of Sao Tiago da Espada,” by the President of Portugal for promoting Portuguese history and culture in the United States.
Andrew Cook presented “I am not acquainted with the China Seas, having never before been in them: The Role of Charts and Sailing Directions in Navigating China Seas,” at the British Shops and China Seas Conference held at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool on September 18, 2002.
     This past year Louis De Vorsey published three articles in Mercator’s World: “A Land of New Beginnings,” (May-June 2002), “Navigating Fisheating Creek,” (September-October 2002) and “Mapping the World Below,” (March-April, 2003). He also gave two important lectures: “From Utopia to Revolution: The Savannah River Valley in 18th Century Maps,” to the William P. Cumming Map Society, Davidson College, October 19, 2002; and “Bounding the Gulf of Mexico: Discovery and Early Maps Matter,” at the Third Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography,” in Arlington, TX, October 4, 2002.
     Clinton Edwards writes that he retired from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in January 2002, and now has the time for more research and to pursue his old occupation, boat building. He has organized classes in this craft, and about a dozen boats are in progress. He still enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan, and has turned his antique wooden sailboat over to his two sons, who now take him sailing, instead of the reverse.

     Ralph Ehrenberg continues to write, lecture and teach. His article, “Marvelous Countries and Lands’/ Notable Maps of Florida, 1507-1846,” was published in Florida, the Making of a State: A Cartographic Adventure (2002) (edited by James A. Findley and published by the Bienes Center for Literary Arts). 
     His lecture, “American Aeronautical Charts with special reference to Charles Lindberg” was presented in April as part of the Arthur Holzheimer Lecture Series, offered at the American Geographical Society Collection (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) in Milwaukee, WI. Another lecture, “Views of Florida as Depicted on Antique Maps: From Discovery to Statehood,” was presented in January, 2002 as the Exhibit opening at the Bienes Center for Literary Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
     Along with all of his other activities, Ralph taught a course, “Charting the Course of Empire: Mapping the American West with Lewis and Clark and Beyond,” at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY in June 2002.
     Ralph was elected vice president/president elect of SHD and will assume his duties in October 2003.
     Peter Enggass attended the IMCOS meeting in Amsterdam in October 2002, and then enjoyed the IMCOS-led trip throughout the Netherlands. From there, he spent a week in London eating and going to the theater. He missed the Zapopan meeting, but hopes to see all of his friends in New Orleans.
     James Enterline writes that he is proud that his life work has been published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is titled: Erikson, Eskimos & Columbus: Medieval European Knowledge of America. It has been a top ten bestseller on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble for several months in categories such as “America: Discovery and Exploration,” “Geography: Medieval,” and “Historical Geography.”
     Richard Francaviglia continues his research, teaching, and administration in his role as Director, Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington. His latest book, Believing in Place: A Spiritual Geography of the Great Basin, will be published this year by the University of Nevada Press. He currently is completing a book on the cartographic history of the Intermountain West using the collections of several archives, including UTA’s Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library.

Click for Page 7   Page 9

Society for the History of Discoveries home page