The Bishop's Utopia : Envisioning Improvement in Colonial Peru / Emily Berquist Soule.

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  • 1st ed.
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  • Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press [2014]
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1 online resource (320 p.) : 24 color, 1 b/w illus.
ISBN
  • 9780812209433
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  • Available through DeGruyter.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
  • Original electronic resource Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Emily Berquist Soule teaches history at California State University at Long Beach.
  • In English.
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jun 2020)
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  • specialized
Contents
  • Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction. Utopias in the New World -- Chapter 1. Th e Books of a Bishop -- Chapter 2. Parish Priests and Useful Information -- Chapter 3. Imagining Towns in Trujillo -- Chapter 4. Improvement Th rough Education -- Chapter 5. The Hualgayoc Silver Mine -- Chapter 6. Local Botany: The Products of Utopia -- Chapter 7. The Legacy of Martínez Compañón -- Conclusion. Martínez Compañón’s Native Utopia -- Afterword -- Sources and Methods -- Appendix 1. Ecclesiastical Questionnaire Sent to Priests Prior to the Visita Party’s Arrival -- Appendix 2. Natural History Questionnaire Sent to Priests Prior to the Visita Party’s Arrival -- Archives and Special Collections Consulted -- Notes -- Index -- Acknowledgments
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  • English
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  • 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.Based on intensive archival research in Peru, Spain, and Colombia and the unique visual data of more than a thousand extraordinary watercolors, The Bishop's Utopia recreates the intellectual, cultural, and political universe of the Spanish Atlantic world in the late eighteenth century. Emily Berquist Soule recounts the reform agenda of Martínez Compañón—including the construction of new towns, improvement of the mining industry, and promotion of indigenous education—and positions it within broader imperial debates; unlike many of his Enlightenment contemporaries, who elevated fellow Europeans above native peoples, Martínez Compañón saw Peruvian Indians as intelligent, productive subjects of the Spanish Crown. The Bishop's Utopia seamlessly weaves cultural history, natural history, colonial politics, and art into a cinematic retelling of the Bishop's life and work.

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