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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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Defending the Lake

Defending the Lake

Eighteenth-Century Exploration

(p.37) Two Defending the Lake
Navigating the Spanish Lake

Rainer F. Buschmann

Edward R. Slack

James B. Tueller

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contends that Spanish officials and intellectuals came to reject the novelty of the Pacific due to confluence of political and intellectual factors. Instead, they argued that the “new world” of Oceania was a mere extension of the colonial realm of the Americas. Recent historical writings illustrating a rich eighteenth-century Spanish scientific engagement have restored much attention to this formerly neglected topic. These have shown how Spanish intellectuals were proactive in defending their possessions with the pen as well as the sword. Most of these renditions, however, have focused primarily on the Atlantic Ocean. While the chapter does not suggest an exclusive shift to the “Spanish Lake,” assuredly eighteenth-century debates on this subject reposition the Pacific in the Atlantic World. Therefore, the Pacific Basin is examined as a nexus of global historical concerns.

Keywords:   Pacific Basin, Oceania, Spanish empire, colonization, imperialism, Spanish Lake

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