The Spacious Word
Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain
Padrón contends too that maps and geographic writings heavily influenced the Spanish imperial imagination. During the early modern period, the idea of "America" was still something being invented in the minds of Europeans. Maps of the New World, letters from explorers of indigenous civilizations, and poems dramatizing the conquest of distant lands, then, helped Spain to redefine itself both geographically and imaginatively as an Atlantic and even global empire. In turn, such literature had a profound influence on Spanish ideas of nationhood, most significantly its own.
Elegantly conceived and meticulously researched, The Spacious Word will be of enormous interest to historians of Spain, early modern literature, and cartography.
The Invention of America and the Invention of the Map
Mapping New Spain
Charting an Insular Empire
Between Scylla and Charybdis
"Padron is an incisive critic. . . . The Spacious Word focuses a dynamic picture of the ideologies at play in the long and complicated 'invention' of America."
"This book is an intelligent and sophisticated unraveling of contemporary cartographic literature. . . . Through his close reading of maps and other iconographic literature, Padron demonstrates that a variety of perceptions of space existed among European polities as well as among various authors within a single empire."