Christopher Columbus’s Naming in the ’diarios’ of the Four by Evelina Guzauskyte

By Evelina Guzauskyte

During this attention-grabbing booklet, Evelina Gužauskytė makes use of the names Columbus gave to locations within the Caribbean Basin so that it will learn the advanced come upon among Europeans and the local inhabitants.

Gužauskytė demanding situations the typical concept that Columbus’s acts of naming have been in simple terms an imperial try to impose his will at the terrain. as a substitute, she argues that they have been the results of the collisions among a number of particular worlds, together with the genuine and legendary geography of the previous international, Portuguese and Catalan naming traditions, and the information and mapping practices of the Taino population of the Caribbean. instead of reflecting the Spanish wish for an orderly empire, Columbus’s selection of position names was once fractured and fragmented – the fabricated from the explorer’s dynamic dating with the population, nature, and geography of the Caribbean Basin.

To supplement Gužauskytė’s argument, the booklet additionally gains the 1st complete record of the greater than 200 Columbian position names which are documented in his diarios and different modern assets.

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At the same time, given the ideological and spiritual meaning of many of the names Columbus invented and the context of the existing names imbued with profound spiritual meaning he incorporated into his narrative, the pictorial representation resulting from transferring them onto paper could also have easily taken the form of a mappa mundi. Some of the place names Columbus assigned seem to have little significance besides the fact that they mark points on the geography, similar to the function of place names in Ptolemaic maps.

This chapter points out some of the many instances in which Columbus expressed an interest in indigenous onomastics and the ways in which he sought to secure knowledge of it. It addresses the instances in which Columbus used physical force to compel the natives to provide him with knowledge about the lands, as well as the instances in which the latter shared this information willingly and even purposely manipulated him. The final three chapters delineate the development of the rhetoric of the Columbian toponymic discourse by focusing on specific groups of toponyms organized according to their changing thematic focus.

Columbus was familiar with writings by both of them. He made references to both Ptolemy and Augustine in his diarios and his letters, including the reference to Ptolemy in his well-known discussion about the shape of the earth resembling a woman’s breast, as well as the reference to the City of God, in “Carta a los Reyes” of 1501,12 and various other instances. Columbus had read Mark’s Gospel and at least some of Augustine’s commentaries on the Gospels. He also had transcribed selections from The Homily of Saint Augustine on the Gospel according to Matthew, Of the Word of the Lord, and On the City of God in the Book of Prophecies.

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