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A Spanish Mission in Tahiti: Coastal Views and Eighteenth-century Cultural Syncretism.

Camino, Mercedes (2007) A Spanish Mission in Tahiti: Coastal Views and Eighteenth-century Cultural Syncretism. The Globe, 59. pp. 6-20. ISSN 0311-3930

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Abstract

Among the eighteenth-century voyages of South Pacific exploration, three little-known journeys sponsored by the Spanish crown between 1772 and 1775 to establish a Franciscan Mission on Tahiti constitute a rarity. The views of Tahiti and the Society Islands generated during these voyages embody a wish to conciliate the exotic islands discovered with European ways of seeing and depicting the land. A quasi-dialectical engagement between the visitors and the local environment can be appreciated in these bird's-eye views, which were mostly drafted by the pilot of the voyage, Juan de Herve. These cultural products exemplify the type of contact that became the hallmark of Pacific settlement throughout the ensuing decades.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Globe
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 27163
Deposited By: Dr Mercedes Maroto Camino
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2009 14:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27163

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