Title

TOSCO E IMPERFECTO, CON MUCHO DE FABULADO: FRANCISCO DE SEYXAS Y LOVERA's MAP OF THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN AND SURROUNDING AREA

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Subject Area

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Abstract

This article analyzes the map of the Strait of Magellan and the surrounding area (the “Región Austral Magallánica”) that Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera (c.1646-c.1705) added to the “Taboas geraes da toda a navegacão” (1630), a manuscript atlas by Portuguese cartographer João Teixeira Albernaz I. I review briefly the biography of Seyxas up to 1692, the year in which he remitted the atlas to Charles II in his Council of Indies, and the cartographic tradition related to the area in the years preceding the drawing of Seyxas's map. I then examine in particular three unique aspects of the map: the eponymous Islands of Seyxas, the Strait of La Roche, and two alleged English settlements. Lastly, I propose a reading that permits us to understand the map not only as an aberrant episode in the cartographic representation of the region, but also as a reflection of the political, autobiographical and imaginative discourses that characterize Seyxas's larger body of written work.

Publication Title

Magallania

Volume

48

Issue

especial

First Page

145

Last Page

165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.4067/S0718-22442020000300145

ISSN

07180209

E-ISSN

07182244

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