Tag Archives: South America

Possession & Extrapolation: Herman Moll & Charles Wilkes

Herman Moll, Enlightenment Geographer Working as a printer, engraver, and geographer in London, Herman Moll made the acquaintance of some of the leading thinkers of the English Enlightenment, including John Locke, Robert Hooke, and Jonathan Swift. The Dutchman’s contemporaries held … Continue reading

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Lexica Jesuitica: Missioner Dictionaries of Latin America

The Jesuitica Collection in the Burns Library conserves some of the earliest written records of Amerindian spoken languages. As Jesuits pursued their missionary commitments among the peoples they met, they compiled dictionaries and grammars to help them in their efforts. These … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Thomas Gage

In 1648, Thomas Gage published an account of his travels in the new world, the first of its kind to be written in English. In The English American, Gage writes of his travels through what are now the countries of … Continue reading

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