Navigating the Spanish Lake: The Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521-1898, written by Rainer F. Buschmann, Edward R. Slack Jr., and James B. Tueller
2014 | 216 pages | 2 illustrations, 3 tables
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3824-9 | $47.00 | Cloth
Perspectives on the Global Past Series
“The originality of this book lies in the way it recenters both history and geography from Europe to the Americas, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The authors encourage us to see the early modern world as multilayered and multidirectional. We learn that European interlopers to the Pacific shared pride of place not only with Pacific Islanders, but with Chinese, Burmese, Malays, and other Asians.” –From the Foreword by John R. Gillis, Professor of History Emeritus, Rutgers University
This volume opens with a macrohistorical perspective of the conceptual and literal Spanish Lake. The chapters that follow explore both the Iberian vision of the Pacific and indigenous counternarratives; chart the history of a Chinese mestizo regiment that emerged after Britain’s occupation of Manila in 1762-1764; and examine how Chamorros responded to waves of newcomers making their way to Guam from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. An epilogue analyzes the decline of Spanish influence against a backdrop of European and American imperial ambitions and reflects on the legacies of archipelagic Hispanization into the twenty-first century.