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Navigating the Spanish LakeThe Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521-1898$
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Rainer F. Buschmann, Edward R. Jr. Slack, and James B. Tueller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838249

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838249.001.0001

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Iberian Pacific Navigations

Iberian Pacific Navigations

(p.1) Introduction Iberian Pacific Navigations
Navigating the Spanish Lake

Rainer F. Buschmann

Edward R. Slack

James B. Tueller

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. The authors of this volume approach diverse Iberian episodes in the Pacific Ocean by focusing on three particular aspects. First, it argues that, for the Spanish empire, the Pacific should not be arbitrarily separated from the Atlantic Ocean; a multilayered connectivity existed between these two oceans in the Iberian world. Second, there simultaneously existed two competing visions of the Spanish Lake: in one it was an administrative realm of control stretching to actual colonies in the Mariana and Philippine islands; in the other vision, it was an imagined or conceptual counterpart that became a geopolitical extension of the Peruvian and Mexican shores and as such clashed with emerging Franco-British conceptions of the Pacific. Third, the dynamics between the literal and conceptual Spanish Lake gave rise to a more tolerant program of cultural assimilation compared to the draconian version imposed on New World inhabitants, based—for the most part—on negotiations and compromises with local elites.

Keywords:   Spain, Spanish empire, Philippines, Guam, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Iberian world, Spanish Lake, cultural assimilation, imperialism

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