Josh W. Poorman '13, Gettysburg College
Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
Art; Interdisciplinary Studies
This paper situates Dutch mapmaker Willem Blaeu’s Asia noviter delineata—part of the Stuckenberg Map Collection in the Gettysburg College Special Collections—within the larger framework of Renaissance thought and a shifting colonial balance of power. The map’s pictorial marginalia expresses a Dutch quest for empirical knowledge that echoed contemporary cabinets of curiosities throughout early modern Europe. Similar to these cabinets, Blaeu’s map can be seen as a cartographic teatro mundi, used to propagate Dutch hegemony through both a robust naval presence and an expanding geographic and natural knowledge of the world.
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Poorman, Joshua W., "Willem Blaeu's 'Asia noviter delineata': Expressions of Power through Naval Might and Natural Knowledge in Dutch Mapmaking" (2012). Student Publications. 290.
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