Imagining the Americas in Print, Michiel van Groesen reveals the variety of ways in which publishers and printers in early modern Europe gathered information about the Americas, constructed a narrative, and used it to further colonial ambitions in the Atlantic world (1500–1700). The essays examine the creative ways in which knowledge was manufactured in printing workshops. Collectively they bring to life the vivid print culture that determined the relationship between the Old World and the New in the Age of Encounters, and chart the genres that reflected and shaped the European imagination, and helped to legitimate ideologies of colonialism in the next two centuries.
Michiel van Groesen is Professor of Maritime History at Leiden University. He is the author of
Representations of the Overseas World in the De Bry Collection of Voyages (2008) and
Amsterdam’s Atlantic: Print Culture and the Making of Dutch Brazil (2017).
“The variety of print and manuscript artifacts that Groesen examines, along with the depth and attention to detail he pays to his objects of study, make this book a worthy read for Atlantic and book historians alike.”
Rachel Stein, Tulane University. In:
Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 24. No. 4–5, (September 2020), pp. 445–447.
“Van Groesen’s book represents a valuable contribution to transatlantic history, the history of the book, as well as the history of visual culture.”
Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, in:
Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4 (2020), pp. 678–681.
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations
Introduction: Imagining the Americas in Print
The De Bry Collection of Voyages (1590–1634): Early America Reconsidered
Patagonian Giants in West Africa? Two Versions of the First Dutch Attempt to Circumnavigate the World
Dierick Ruiters’ Manuscript Maps and the Birth of the Dutch Atlantic
A Brazilian Jesuit in Amsterdam: Anti-Spanish and Anti-Catholic Rhetoric in the Early Dutch Golden Age
(No) News from the Western Front: The Weekly Press of the Low Countries and the Making of Atlantic News
Visualizing the News: The Amsterdam Spin-Doctor Claes Jansz Visscher and the West India Company
Beyond Law and Order: Encounters at Arguin and the Beginnings of the Dutch Slave Trade, 1633–1634
The Printed Book in the Dutch Atlantic World
Arnoldus Montanus, Dutch Brazil, and the Re-emergence of Cannibalism
The Atlantic World in Paperback: The Amsterdam Publisher Jan ten Hoorn and His Catalogue of Popular Americana
Heroic Memories: Admirals of Dutch Brazil in the Rise of Dutch National Consciousness
All interested in representations of the Atlantic world in early modern Europe, and more generally in the history of the book, print culture, Atlantic history, and maritime history.