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The Legacy of Christopher Columbus in the Americas: New Nations and a Transatlantic Discourse of Empire

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Why is the capital of the United States named in part after Christopher Columbus, a Genoese explorer commissioned by Spain who never set foot on what would become the nation's mainland? Why did Spanish American nationalists in 1819 name a new independent republic "Colombia," after Columbus, the first representative of the empire from which they had recently broken free? These are only two of the introductory questions explored in The Legacy of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, a fundamental recasting of Columbus as an eminently powerful tool in imperial constructs.

Bartosik-Velez seeks to explain the meaning of Christopher Columbus throughout the so-called New World, first in the British American colonies and the United States, as well as in Spanish America, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She argues that during the pre- and post-revolutionary periods, New World societies commonly imagined themselves as legitimate and powerful independent political entities by comparing themselves to the classical empires of Greece and Rome. Columbus, who had been construed as a figure of empire for centuries, fit perfectly into that framework. By adopting him as a national symbol, New World nationalists appeal to Old World notions of empire.

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The meaning of Christopher Columbus throughout the so-called New World

About the Author

Elise Bartosik-Velez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Dickinson College.

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ISBN:
9780826519535
Author:
Bartosik Velez, Elise
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
Author:
Bartosik-Velez, Elise
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
transatlantic studies
Subject:
Literary criticism
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
short discount cloth
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean

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