Discipline and Love

Carmen Nocentelli

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
Discipline and Love

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This chapter examines the creation of the Portuguese Black Legend by Dutch traveler Jan Huygen van Linschoten in his 1596 book “Itinerario.” In this book van Linschoten described a marked decline in the Portuguese maritime empire due to the tendency of the colonists to go native, pushed to the brink of moral bankruptcy by Oriental influences and especially by the allure of native women. In short, he portrayed a colonial system that not only was manifestly incapable of further expansion but also showed clear signs of contraction.

Keywords: Portuguese Black Legend; Jan Huygen van Linschoten; Itinerario; maritime empire; Oriental influences; native women; colonial system

Chapter.  8127 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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