Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 12

May 2006

Cartography (vol. 4) Cartography in the European Enlightenment. Her article, “Louis Charles Karpinski and the Cartography of the Great Lakes,” was published in the Michigan Historical Review (vol. 31, no. 1, 2005), pp.166-199.

New member Milbry Polk is Director of Wings WorldQuest. Her latest book, edited with Angela Schuster, The Looting of the Iraqi Museum, (Abrams, 2005), has gone into second printing. She hosted the fourth annual Wings Women of Discovery Awards in New York on March 2, 2006 honoring eight explorers from the Bering Sea, Africa, America, and England in categories of earth, sea, courage, lifetime, botany, field research, and humanity. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has just bestowed an honorary fellowship on Milbry.

Paula Rebert wrote: “I presented ‘Maps and Views on the Gadsden Treaty Line, 1857’ at the annual conference of the Western Social Science Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2005. My paper on ‘George Engelmann and the Great Age of Cactus Discovery’ was published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal (vol. 76, December 2004); and my chapter, ‘Trabajos Desconocidos, Ingenieros Olvidados: Un-known Works and Forgotten Engineers of the Mexican Boundary Commission,’ appeared in Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2005). 

It was with great sadness that I wrote ‘In Memory of David Woodward, Scholar and Mentor,’ for a special issue of Cartographic Perspectives (no. 52, Spring 2005) celebrating the lives and careers of Professors Arthur Robinson and David Woodward. In that same issue, however, I was delighted to find Henry Castner’s genealogical chart, ‘Arthur Robinson: An Academic Family Tree.’ The chart is a great circle with rings representing generations of student surrounding Robinson at the center, and I found myself on one of the rings with David Woodward’s students.”

New member Vasco Resende wrote the following: “Although residing in Nantes, I am studying for my Ph.D. in Paris at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes –Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques. The subject of my thesis is the Islamic World as seen from the point of view of Portuguese culture in the XVIth century. As you can imagine, there are lots

of things pertaining to geographical exploration in my research. Moreover, I made my Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (a kind of master’s degree) with a work about the image of Islam in the Portuguese overland travel accounts of the same period, where I essentially studied five Portuguese texts concerning the Middle Eastern routes.”

New member Santiago Ruiz-Morales is the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Spain, and is the Director of the Clavijo-Tamerlane Association of Spanish-Uzbek Friendship. Mr. Ruiz-Morales resides in Madrid, and he wrote that he heard about the SHD from the Hakluyt Society. He plans to tell colleagues in the Sociedad Geográphica España about our activities. Over the past five years, he has given lectures and presentations entitled: “The Embassy of Ruy González de Clavijo to Samarkand, 1403-1406 – A Madrilene in the Court of the Great Tamerlane.”

Gerald Saxon is Dean of Libraries at the University of Texas at Arlington. He and Dennis Reinhartz co-edited Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2005). The book is based on the Virginia Garrett Lectures of 1998. It includes chapters by SHD members W. Michael Mathes, David Buisseret, Ralph Ehrenberg, Paula Rebert, John Hébert, Reinhartz, and Saxon, with an introduction by Richard Francaviglia. Also, Saxon was co-curator of the exhibit “Drawn from Experience: Land-mark Maps of Texas,” held at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on February 19-June 5, 2005.

About her fantastic trip to South America, Ann Savours Shirley reports, “I’ve just spent a month with Swan Hellenic Travel Company sailing from Punta Arenas to Callao and then with a small party from the ship (Minerva II) in the high Andes, from Machu Picchu to Puno on Lake Titicaca. There we went aboard the Yavari, built in England c. 1860, then transported in pieces round the horn and across the Andes by mule to be re-assembled for the Peruvian government on the lake. The Yavari Project, based in London, is doing a great work of restoration. My excuse for these travels was treading in the footsteps of Sir Clements Markham (1830-1916), whose first love was Peru and its people.”

William A. Stanley
in April 2006 assumed the presidency

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