Amerasian Visions: Marco Polo, Trust and Global Geography in the Early Modern World
William Macmahon Ballroom Theatre
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We tend to think that shortly after the Columbian voyages, Europeans began to understand the lands Columbus explored as America, or as a fourth and separate continent. Much evidence, however, suggests that Europeans represented the Americas as overlapping or contiguous with Asia in the decades and centuries following Columbus’ explorations. That is to say, early modern Europeans continued to trust in and adhere to Marco Polo’s understanding of global geography, well into the 17th century. By considering myriad representations of Amerasia, this talk seeks to make this lost continent visible, as well as to explore the ramifications and significance of this Amerasian world view.
This event is supported by the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) and the Trust and Cultural Exchange Project (funded by the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne)