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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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A Visible and Useful Empire

A Visible and Useful Empire

Visual Culture and Colonial Natural History in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish World

(p.290) Chapter Fifteen A Visible and Useful Empire
Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800

Daniela Bleichmar

Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the purposes and activities of late-eighteenth century Spanish natural history as it operated on a global stage, focusing on botany in particular. It describes the discourse of utility and visuality and their role in the study of colonial natural history in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   natural history, botany, utility, visuality, colonial natural history

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