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Cosmography Dissolves

in Secret Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226675343
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675374 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226675374.003.0008
Cosmography Dissolves

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This chapter discusses the transition between the monarchies of Philip II and his son. It shows how Juan López de Velasco's successors adapted to the new patronage situation in the court of Philip III and the concomitant relaxation of secrecy restrictions and new valorization of geographical knowledge. The cosmographical work of Andrés García de Céspedes, royal cosmographer of the Council of Indies from 1596 to 1611, is emblematic of the definitive divorce of the descriptive and mathematical practices associated with Renaissance cosmography.

Keywords: patronage; Philip III; geographical knowledge; cosmographers; García de Céspedes; Council of Indies

Chapter.  18119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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