Society for the History of Discoveries

Society for the History of Discoveries
rd Annual Meeting
El Colegio de Jalisco
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
October 24-27, 2002

"Palacio de Guadalajara" from Atlas Pintoresco e Historico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos by Antonio Carcia Cubas (Mexico: Dubray Sucesors, 1897)

SHD Meeting Attendees Discover Zapopan and Guadalajara, Mexico

On October 24-27, 2002, a total of 52 registrants and 13 guests attended the SHD’s 43rd annual meeting in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Zapopan is one of the most historic communities in metropolitan Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city. This was SHD’s first meeting in Latin America, and it was themed around the Exploration and Discovery of New Spain. The meeting was held at El Colegio de Jalisco, and featured 20 presentations. As SHD’s first themed meeting, many of the presentations focused on explorers in New Spain, including a session on Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca (please refer to program below). Highlights of the conference included a Thursday evening reception in the courtyard at El Colegio de Jalisco, a tour of the Mathes Library, a visit to the Basilica de Zapopan, and a memorable Friday evening banquet, which was followed by Dr. Gabriel Gómez Padilla’s presentation “Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino as Explorer and Cartographer.”

During the meeting, attendees got to experience the fine food and graciousness for which Mexico is justly known. They also experienced the effects of tropical storm Kenna, which soaked the region on Friday but moved out in time for the tours on the weekend. The tour of historical sites in Guadalajara on Sunday enabled attendees to better understand the city’s role in the history of frontier New Spain. 

SHD has many fine people to thank for making this meeting such a success, including local arrangements coordinator Michael Mathes and military historian Medical Surgeon Brigadier General, Retired, Clever Alfonso Chávez Marín of Guadalajara, who helped with meeting logistics. El Colegio de Jalisco also deserves our thanks for providing the meeting venue.


Thursday, October 24, 2002
15:00-19:00 (3:00-7:00 pm) Late Afternoon Registration
18:00-19:00 (6:00-7:00 pm) Early Evening Tour of Library
19:00-21:00 (7:00-9:00 pm) Evening Reception and Welcome by Dr. José María Muría, President, El Colegio de Jalisco and Lic. Angélica Peregrina Vázquez, General Secretary, El Colegio de Jalisco (cocktails, hors d'oeuvres)

Friday, October 25, 2002
7:30- 9:10 (7:30-9:10 am) SHD Council Meeting
8:30-09:20 (8:30-9:20 am) Registration, coffee, sweet rolls
9:20-09:30 (9:20-9:30 am) Welcome and Introductions by Dr. José María Muría, President, El Colegio de Jalisco; Lic. Macedonio Támez Guajarado, Municipal President of Zapopan; Lic. Angélica Peregrina Vázquez, General Secretary, El Colegio de Jalisco.
9:30-11:30 (9:30-11:30 am) Session I - Cabeza de Vaca and His Times
(Session Chair, Barbara McCorkle)
§ Cabeza de Vaca and His Continuing Influence Over the Historical Identity of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands - Lina del Castillo
§ Religion as a Survival Strategy in Los Naufragios and in the Film Cabeza de Vaca, by Nicolás Echevarría - Tania de Miguel Magro
§ Niza, Coronado, and the Sonoran Road to Cibola: 1536-1540: Revisiting Old Tales with New Evidence - William B. Carter
§ The Manila Galleons and California: The Search For Good Galleon Ports in Baja California - Rodrigue Lévesque
§ The Objectives and Fate of the Saavedra Ceron Expedition of 1527 - Bob Ward
11:30-12:00 (11:30-12:00 noon) Coffee Break, sweet rolls, sodas
12:00-14:00 (12:00-2:00 pm) Session II - Later Exploration and Epistemology in Northern New Spain/Mexico
(Session Chair, Carol Urness)

§ Fernando Consag (1703-1759): Little Known and Appreciated Jesuit Explorer of Baja California - Russell M. Magnaghi
§ Non-Traditional Armies in New Spain During the Hapsburg Viceroyalties and Their Service in Exploratory Expeditions - Miguel Mathes 
§ From the 'Age of Reconnaissance' to the 'Corps of Discovery' - Carol Medlicott
§ White Space on Various Late Eighteenth-Century Maps of Northern New Spain: An Exploration of Their "Silences" - Dennis Reinhartz
§ Defining the Northern Frontier: Lafora and Urrutia's Map of Northern New Spain (1769) in the Library of Congress - Anthony Mullan
14:00-16:00 (2:00-4:00 pm) Lunch on own

Friday, October 25, 2002 (continued)
16:00-18:00 (4:00-6:00 pm) Session III - Diverse Views on the History of Discoveries
(Session Chair, Sandy Bederman)

§ Geomagnetism and the Cartography of Juan de la Cosa: A New Perspective of the Greater Antilles in the Age of Discovery - Aldo Alvarez
§ Art as Agent of Touristic "Discovery": The Hudson Valley - Briavel Holcomb
§ "Nowhere to Somewhere" -- Images of a Strategic Sliver of Land in South Central Africa, the Caprivi Zipel - William R. Stanley
§ The Land of the Marqués's Evening Star - Alan K. Brown
18:00-20:00 (6:00-8:00 pm) Break
20:00-22:00 (8:00-10:00 pm) Banquet, restaurant in Zapopan; speaker Dr. Gabriel Gómez Padilla-"Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino as Explorer and Cartographer

Saturday, October 26, 2002
9:30-11:30 (9:30-11:30 am) Session IV - Spanish-English Contacts at the Edges of New Spain
(Session Chair - David Buisseret)
§ The Perception of Mexico in Elizabethan England - Lourdes de Ita
§ The Search for Nova Albion - Charles Hoffman, Richard J. Lundin, and Clyde H. Spencer
§ "All the Marks of a Horrid Joy": William and Edmund Burke's Account of the Settlement of New Spain - Seán Patrick Donlan
§ A British Explorer's Tour Across the Continent of New Spain in 1793: The Journal of Lt. William Robert Broughton - Jim Mockford 
§ The Utopian Conquest of the Debatable Land - Louis De Vorsey
11:30-12:00 (11:30-12:00 noon) Coffee Break, sweet rolls, sodas
12:00-14:00 (12:00-2:00 pm) Session V - Alternative Viewpoints in Exploration and Discovery 
(Session Chair, Robert Highbarger)
§ Geographical Migration of Europeans to the 16th Century New World: A New Look and Application of Teleology - Michael Cunningham
§ Frémont's 'Accidental' Survey of the Mexican Boundary in SW New Mexico and Arizona: How the Disaster of the Fourth Expedition of 1848-49 Led to a Preliminary Exploration - Stuart Bryan
§ Seafaring Chontal Maya of Northern Yucatan - Douglas T. Peck
§ Picturing a "Lost" City: Re-framing the Pioneer Photographs of Machu Picchu - Roger Balm
14:00-16:00 (2:00-4:00 pm) SHD luncheon-business meeting
16:00-18:00 (4:00-6:00 pm) Tour of Basilica of Zapopan and Huichol Museum
18:00-20:00 (6:00-8:00 pm) Break
20:00-22:00 (8:00-10:00 pm) Optional dinner at La Distilería or other local restaurant

Sunday, October 27, 2002
10:00-18:00 (10:00 am-6:00 pm) Day-long tour of Guadalajara - Visit to churches, historical buildings, regional museum, etc.; no host lunch

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