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The bishop's utopia : envisioning improvement in colonial Peru / Emily Berquist Soule

Catalog Data

Author:
Soule, Emily Berquist 1975-  Search this
Subject:
Martínez Compañón y Bujanda, Baltasar Jaime 1735-1797  Search this
Martínez Compañón y Bujanda, Baltasar Jaime 1735-1797 Trujillo del Perú a fines del siglo XVIII  Search this
Physical description:
287 p. : col. ill., col maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Peru
Trujillo (La Libertad)
Date:
2014
C2014
18th century
Contents:
Utopias in the New World -- The books of a bishop -- Parish priests and useful information -- Imagining towns in Trujillo -- Improvement through education -- The Hualgayoc silver mine -- Local botany: the products of utopia -- The legacy of Martínez Compañón -- Martínez Compañón's native utopia
Summary:
"In December 1788, in the northern Peruvian city of Trujillo, fifty-one-year-old Spanish Bishop Baltasar Jaime Martínez Compañón stood surrounded by twenty-four large wooden crates, each numbered and marked with its final destination of Madrid. The crates contained carefully preserved zoological, botanical, and mineral specimens collected from Trujillo's steamy rainforests, agricultural valleys, rocky sierra, and coastal desert. To accompany this collection, the Bishop had also commissioned from Indian artisans nine volumes of hand-painted images portraying the people, plants, and animals of Trujillo. He imagined that the collection and the watercolors not only would contribute to his quest to study the native cultures of Northern Peru but also would supply valuable information for his plans to transform Trujillo into an orderly, profitable slice of the Spanish Empire.
Topic:
Indians of South America--Material culture  Search this
Indians of South America--Ethnobotany  Search this
Indians of South America--Social conditions  Search this
Social planning--History  Search this
Utopias--History  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Material culture in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1039233