The Cosmographer-Chronicler of the Council of the Indies

in Secret Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226675343
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675374 | DOI:
The Cosmographer-Chronicler of the Council of the Indies

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Juan de Ovando's reforms created the post of cosmographer-chronicler major of the Council of Indies, and this chapter examines the life and work of the first man to serve in this post, Juan López de Velasco (c. 1530–98). Over the twenty years he held the post, Velasco's humanistic interests and self-taught cosmographical knowledge dictated cosmographical practice in the Council of Indies. His personal correspondence offers new insights into his role as the locus of information exchange between the Old and New Worlds, and how these functioned in relation to the patronage dynamics of the court of Philip II.

Keywords: Velasco; New World; Philip II; cosmographers; chroniclers

Chapter.  14776 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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