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Annual Meeting

53rd Annual Meeting
Huntington Library/Pasadena, California
27, 28, 29, and 30 September 2012

SHD Annual Meeting 2012
Final Program
Meeting Photos

Welcome to the Huntington

The Society for the History of Discoveries held its 53rd annual meeting on September 27 – 30, 2012 at the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanic Gardens in San Marino, California. This proved to be an exciting venue for our meeting. Henry Edwards Huntington (1850- 1927) established the Huntington as a separate Institution under the direction of a Board of Trustees in 1919. A nephew of Collis Huntington of Central Pacific and Transcontinental Railroad fame, Mr. Huntington formed the Pacific Electric Railway Company in 1901. He was one of the major boosters who transformed Los Angeles into one of the largest cities in the United States. His railway and real estate ventures made him a wealthy man. Besides being an extremely successful business man, Huntington was an avid collector of art, books, and manuscripts. In the period between 1910 and the late 1920’s a person of wealth could acquire large libraries relatively inexpensively.  Mr. Huntington noted in his 60’s “I don’t have time to buy books, so I buy libraries.” As a result of this activity, the Huntington has come to be known as a “library of libraries.” The strengths of the Huntington Library are in British and American history and literature including our favorite subject, the history of exploration and related cartography.  As you may have noted, while his family knew him as “Edwards”, the rest of the world knew him by the name still used today throughout his institution, “Mr. Huntington.”

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Mr Huntington

The Huntington Library

Besides being a great research library, the Huntington is also known for its famed gardens and its wonderful art collection. The gardens include the desert garden, the recently reopened Japanese garden, and an authentic Chinese garden built around a koi filled lake. Among the great art on exhibit at the Huntington are Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Thomas Lawrence’s Pinkie. Our members had ample opportunities to explore and to enjoy all of this beauty at their leisure during the course of the conference. For more information go to http://huntington.org.


Thursday 27 September’s activity was an opening reception at the Pasadena Women’s City Club from 6:30-7:30, with light snacks and wine. This club is housed in the former historic Edward Blinn house. The Blinns moved to Pasadena in 1905 and their home was designed by the architect George Washington Maher in the Prairie Style. Maher was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright and preceded him in designing homes in the Prairie Style. The location is five blocks north and an easy walk from the Hilton Hotel.

Pasadena Women’s City Club

Friday, 28 September was the first day of meetings.

Coffee, teas, and breakfast pastries were available from 8:30-12:00, Friends Hall

Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:00-9:10 Ron Fritze and Bill Warren

Session I (9:10-10:20): PACIFIC – THE EXPEDITIONS

Pflederer, Richard

Magellan, the Pacific Ocean and the Search for the Anti-Meridian

Harreld, Donald

Strategies and Identities: Dutch Expeditions through the Strait of Magellan, 1598-1618

Coffee/Tea Break

Session II (10:35-11:45) : PACIFIC – THE CREWS

Flannery, Kristie

“Everyone a mutineer”: the crisis of maritime labour in Spanish voyages of discovery
and conquest in the Pacific, 1564-1566

Delaney, John

Endeavour in Australia: Crewing with Cook

Lunch 12:-13:00

Session III (13:00-14:10): LATIN AMERICA

Brunelle, Gayle

The Assassination of the Sieur de Royville and the Debacle of the Compagnie de l’Amerique
Equinoxiale, 1653-1656

Mullan, Anthony

The Comisión Corográfia and Colombia’s Quest for Identity

Session IV (14:10-15:20: NORTH AMERICA

Buisseret, David

The Influence of Marquette and Jolliet on the Mapping of North America

Olcelli, Laura

The Denied Search for the North-West Passage: Alessandro Malaspina at the Service of “the
nation that has taken me as one of its own!”

Coffee/Tea Break

Session V (15:40-16:50): TRANSATLANTIC CONTACTS

Francaviglia, Richard

Discovery and Faith: Re-examining Claims about Pre-Columbian Muslims in America

Herbert, Francis

The Hakluyt Society’s publications and the Americas: maps and membership from the 1840s

Annual SHD Business Meeting 17:00-17:45

Reception 18:30-19:30 (at the Pasadena Hilton, site of the Annual Dinner)

Annual Dinner and Presentation on SHD 2013 in Tampa, FL

Keynote Address

Dr. Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California Professor, Director of the USC

Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, and author of five books including Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson, and Hakluyt's Promise.

Saturday, 29 September, the second day of meetings, ran from 9:00 to about 12:15. Attendees had the afternoon to tour the grounds and collections of the Huntington. Tours of the Conservation Lab and other behind the scene areas of the library were arranged.

Coffee, teas, and breakfast pastries will be available from 8:30-12:00, Friends Hall


Altic, Mirela

Missionary Cartography of Tarahumara

Ortiz, Ann

Epistolar Representation of Fray Junípero Serra in Francisco de Palóu’s Relacion
Historica de la Vida y Apostolicas Tareas del Venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra


Dellinger, Justin (Winner of Essay Competition)

La Balise: A Transimperial Focal Point

Coffee/Tea Break

Session VIII (11:00-12:10): AFRICA

Van Duzer, Chet

On Second Thought: Cartographic Corrections to the Shape of Africa on Medieval and
Renaissance Maps

Hogarth, Donald

Robert Rich Sharp (1881-1958): prospector, engineer, and discoverer of the Shinkolobwe,
Katanga, (Congo) radium-uranium ore-body

Closing Remarks by Ron Fritze and Bill Warren

Sunday, 30 September was our post-conference optional tour.  One stop was at the Page Museum at the famous Le Brea Tarpits. You can find more information at: http://www.tarpits.org. There is no better place to go for Saber-tooth Cats and Mammoths and should make us all smile along with the Smilodons. We also visited the Getty Center, enjoying its architecture and many treasures. The Getty Center exhibits many pre-twentieth-century European paintings and sculptures. Its breathtaking location, high above Los Angeles, is not to be missed. For more information on the Getty Center go to: http://www.getty.edu/visit and view the short Getty Center orientation film.


Our conference Hotel was the Hilton in Pasadena.

Hilton in Pasadena

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