Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 7

May 2004

Exploration: An Encyclopedia (3 volumes), ed. Jennifer Speake, New York, 2003. One of these is an account of the Hakluyt Society.

Gayle Brunelle writes from California that she recently has published two items of interest to members of SHD: “Migration and Religious Identity: The Portuguese of Seventeenth-Century Rouen,” The Journal of Early Modern History, volume 7 (nos. 3-4), November, 2003, and “Images of Empire: Francis I and his Cartographers,” in E. Gosman (ed.) Princes and Princely Culture, 1450-1650, Leiden: Brill, 2003, pp. 81-102.

David Buisseret has been editing the Taylor Manuscript, a document held by the National Libraries of Jamaica, which, in the words of John Taylor, an English mathematician, describes the island in 1686. David also continues as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Companion to Exploration. The Taylor manuscript is due for publication by the University of the West Indies Press in Spring 2006, and the Companion to Exploration somewhat later.

Rand Burnette and his wife are working on a biography of Thomas Hutchins (1730-1789). While they were in London in late Spring 2003, they conducted some research at the British Library and the Public Records Office.

Amy Turner Bushnell read four papers during the past year: “A Requiem for Lesser Conquerors: Honor and Oblivion in a ‘Land of Living War’” (Graduate Center, CUNY, NY); “Gastos de Indios: A Calculus of the Chiefdom-Presidium Compact” (51st ICA, Santiago, Chile); “Escape of the Nickaleers: Passing for Spanish in Jonathan Dickinson’s Journal (1699)” (University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL); and “’None of these wandering nations has ever been reduced to the Faith’: Missions and Levels of Mobility on the Spanish American Frontier” (51st ICA, Santiago, Chile and National University of Ireland, Maynooth).

Norman Collingwood tells us that he is a retired judge who has had a long interest in exploration, specifically in Canada and the

Pacific region. He writes, “I have traveled extensively in the Yukon and Canada’s north, as well as in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii. I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia, and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.”

Tom Conley reports from Harvard that his year’s leave while on a Guggenheim Fellowship has progressed “swimmingly.” He also completed a project on the evocative subject of cartography and cinema that was sent to editors in early February 2004.

Francis Cuppage writes that after he retired in 1995, he has maintained an interest in and has lectured on James Cook, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and overland trails in the U.S. As a physician, his interests also include medical history.

Ed Dahl is mainly editing books and articles dealing with the history of cartography, including a history of the mapping of Newfoundland, 1500-1800. Together with Conrad Heidenreich, he has provided the chapter on Samuel de Champlain’s cartography (with reproductions of ALL his maps) for a volume being published to mark the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s activities in North America.

Louis De Vorsey organized the meeting of the William P. Cumming Map Society, which was held at the Hargrett Library, University of Georgia, on March 13, 2004. Lou gave the keynote address, “The Utopian Conquest of the ‘Debatable Land’” at the February 2, 2003 annual meeting of the Eastern Historical Geography Association in St. Augustine, FL. His publications this year include, “Mapping the World Below: Athanasius Kircher and His Subterranean World,” Mercator’s World, vol. 8, no. 2 (March/April, 2003), pp. 38-45, and “From Utopia to Revolution: The Savannah River Valley in Eighteenth-Century Maps,” in The Savannah River Valley to 1865, edited by Ashley Callahan, Georgia Museum of Art, 2003, pp. 41-50. 
James Enterline has been getting warm reviews for his book Erikson, Eskimos & Columbus: Medieval European Knowledge of America. His publisher, Johns Hopkins University 

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