Cabot to Cartier: Sources for a Historical Ethnography of Northeastern North America 1497-1550
This study was prepared in an attempt to clarify seemingly contradictory interpretations of the early history of the discovery of North America, as well as to survey the early historical sources which may contribute to an ethno-historical study of the Indians of those coasts first explored. A major part of the book is devoted to a re-analysis of the cartographical materials and to an attempt to present a more logical interpretation of this material. In the course of this attempt the work discusses and rejects previously widely held viewpoints concerning the early exploration of North America and the development of North American cartography. A new hypothesis is presented in this respect and is shown to fit the available evidence more adequately. The study also reconsiders the documentary materials deriving from the Cartier voyages and develops new conclusions concerning their origin, particularly with respect to the so-called "Cartier vocabularies."
This is a pioneer summary and original analysis based upon exhaustive research, and is the most comprehensive collation available to scholars; in combination with the recent map bibliography published by the Public Archives, it will be of great aid to research students. Dr. Hoffman's hypotheses are brilliantly presented and highly stimulating. The line-cut illustrations and listing of nomenclature are most valuable.
- Series: Heritage
- World Rights
- Page Count: 300 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationBernard G. Hoffman (1926-1989) was a professsor of anthropology at the University of Maryland at College Park until his retirement. Since retiring from teaching, he had conducted research and published technical works in such areas as mapping and cartography.
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