JCB Fellow's Talk: Luis Castellvi Laukamp

October 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

Luis Castellvi Laukamp, (University of Cambridge), José Amor y Vázquez Fellow

"The Trans-Pacific Link: Early Modern Chronicles from the Philippines"

The year 1609 saw the appearance of two landmark chronicles concerning the Spanish expansion in Southeast Asia. Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola (1562-1631), one of the finest poets of Baroque Spain, published Conquista de las islas Malucas ("Conquest of the Spice Islands") in Madrid. A few months later, Antonio de Morga (1559-1636), a high-ranking colonial official who had served in Manila from 1595 to 1603, published Sucesos de las islas Filipinas ("Historical events of the Philippine Islands") in Mexico City. Both books contributed to the "invention" of the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands that had highly diverse, decentralised societies before the Spanish arrival. This talk will analyse these texts in connection with contemporary maps, which depicted the Philippines as a westward extension of the "New World."

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 p.m.