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Annual Meeting

Fifty-fourth Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Discoveries
October 31 – November 3, 2013
Tampa, Florida

SHD Annual Meeting 2013
Abstracts Daily Program
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Program Schedule

FRIDAY 1 November 2013

Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:00-9:10 (SHD-President Ron Fritze & Local Organizer C.J. Roberts)

Session I (9:10-10:20): First Encounters with Florida

Is North America REALLY pictured on the Waldseemüller World Map of 1507?

Early Encounters by European Explorers with Native Americans in Florida

Coffee/Tea Break 10:20-10:35

Session II (10:35-11:45): Bahamas & West Indies at around 1500

BLICK, Jeffrey
The Case for San Salvador as the Site of the 1492 Columbus Landfall

GASPAR, Joaquim
The representation of the Western Indies in the early Iberian cartography: a cartometric approach

Lunch 11:50-13:00

Session III (13:00-14:10): Morocco in Travel Writing

BECK, Lauren
A Moroccan Ambassador’s Travelogue in Spain (1690-91) and Its Legacy

Love Letters and Lesser Beings: Travel Accounts of French and Moroccan Diplomats during the Ancien Régime

Session IV (14:10-15:20): Early European Perceptions of America’s Land and People

Exploring the Manuscript Cartography of Florida and its connection to Exploration and Settlement

Alterity and Allegory: Cannibalism, Early Maps and European Conceptions of Amerindian Civility

Coffee/Tea Break 15:20-15:40

Session V (15:40-16:50): Latin America Cartography  in 18th and 19th Centuries

ALTIC, Mirela (Croatia)
Missionary Cartography of the Amazon after the Treaty of Madrid (1750)

DELIZ, Michael
The Digital Reconstruction of El Mapa Militar de Puerto Rico: An Analysis of the Spanish Military Topographic Project in Puerto Rico, 1872-1897

SHD Annual Business Meeting 17:00-17:45


Annual Dinner & Keynote Address (Introduced by Rodney Kite-Powell):

FRANCIS, J. Michael
Colonial Martyrs: Franciscans, Indians, and the Spiritual Conquest of Florida

SATURDAY 2 November 2013

Session VI & Essay Contest Winner (9:00-10:45) Towards all Corners of the Globe

EDNEY, Matthew
The Transatlantic Circulation of Geographical Maps before 1763

SKURNIK, Johanna
Circulating exploration knowledge: tracing the discussion of the interior of Australia in the 1840s

Winner of Essay Contest

MARCOTTE, Josh (To be confirmed)
Culture, Contact and the Agency of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki

Coffee/Tea Break 10:45-11:00

Session VII (11:00-12:10): 500 Years of Mapping Florida

Mapping La Florida

"Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps"  – An introduction to the temporary exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center

Closing Remarks (SHD-President Ron Fritze + Local Organizer C.J. Roberts)

Lunch 12:20-13:30


•    Two back-to-back guided tours of the permanent galleries of the Tampa Bay History Center
•    Two back-to-back guided tours of the special map exhibition “500 Years of Florida Maps”

Registered delegates can join first the gallery tour and then the map tour – or vice versa!