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Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800$
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Daniela Bleichmar, Paula De Vos, Kristin Huffine, and Kevin Sheehan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753586

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753586.001.0001

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Knowledge and Empiricism in the Sixteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic World

Knowledge and Empiricism in the Sixteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic World

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(p.219) Chapter Eleven Knowledge and Empiricism in the Sixteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic World
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Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800
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Antonio Barrera-Osorio

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753586.003.0012

This chapter discusses the emergence of empiricism or empirical practices in the Spanish American empire during the sixteenth century. It discusses the epistemological changes taking place within commercial and long-distance empires, and examines how artisans, technologies and commodities brought changes in the commercial and political structure of the empire. First, it explores the non-navigational activities at the House of Trade (Casa de la Contratación) and Council of Indies in Spain, and in viceroyal courts. It then examines the origin of Francisco Hernández's expedition to the New World, which took place from 1571 to 1577.

Keywords:   empiricism, empirical practices, Spanish American empire, House of Trade, Casa de la Contratación, Council of Indies, viceroyal courts, Francisco Hernández, New World

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