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America Magica


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Foreword by David Abulafia; Preface; Introduction; In Search of the Earthly Paradise; On the Threshold of Paradise; King Solomon's Mines in America; The Realms of Gold; The Indomitable Amazons; The Legendary Isles of the Ocean Sea; Wondrous Creatures; The Patagonian Giants; Epilogue; Notes; References; Index

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The myths of the Old World transposed to the New, 'America Magica' is an extraordinary tale of exploration and imagination.

About the Author

Jorge Magasich Airola is Professor of Latin American History at the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (HECS) in Brussels. Marc de Beer is Professor at the Institut de Radio electricite et de Cinematographie (INRACI) in Brussels. David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge.


'At its best, 'America Magica' exhibits one of the most impressive aspects of early 1990s work on Europe's early modern encounter with the wider world: integrated consideration of ancient and medieval intellectual legacies, early modern cultural constructions, and the practical realities of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century life. [...] A handy reference for those perusing European explorers' journals or geographic treatises and wondering where these odd ideas about griffins, lost cities, and dog-headed men came from.' -Paul Mapp, College of William & Mary, 'Journal of World History'

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