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Corography, territory and cultural policies in Santafe de Bogota (16th-17th Centuries)

Author(s): Monika I. Therrien

Year: 2013

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Summary

The Spanish settlement of Santafe de Bogota is examined from a basic standpoint, that of the concept of corography introduced by the Spanish Monarchy as a means to gain control of the ever expanding Empire. Corography became the instrument through which Spaniards came to recognize the new environment and the people that inhabited it, but always from their own point of view. In this ongoing project, the concept is reintroduced through the analysis of material culture evidences (geological, biological, social) that present a more complex process of settlement than that stated by the settlers in the 16th and early 17th Century. Two subjects are analyzed here, territory management and cultural policies, particularly with regards to the use and signficance of water and of "la casa" (the house).


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Corography, territory and cultural policies in Santafe de Bogota (16th-17th Centuries). Monika I. Therrien. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428652)


Keywords

General
16th Century Bogota Corography

Geographic Keywords
COLOMBIA South America

Temporal Keywords
16th-17th century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -79.05; min lat: -4.237 ; max long: -66.87; max lat: 12.459 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 640

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America