By Antonio Barrera-Osorio

As Spain colonized the Americas throughout the 16th century, Spanish squaddies, bureaucrats, retailers, adventurers, physicians, send pilots, and friars explored the wildlife, collected information, drew maps, and despatched domestic specimens of America's gigantic assets of animals, crops, and minerals. This collecting of empirical wisdom approximately Spain's American possessions had far-reaching results. It overturned the medieval realizing of nature derived from Classical texts and helped begin the trendy clinical revolution. And it allowed Spain to commodify and keep watch over the usual assets upon which it equipped its American empire.

In this ebook, Antonio Barrera-Osorio investigates how Spain's desire for exact information regarding its American colonies gave upward push to empirical medical practices and their institutionalization, which, he asserts, used to be Spain's leader contribution to the early medical revolution. He additionally conclusively hyperlinks empiricism to empire-building as he makes a speciality of 5 parts of Spanish job in the USA: the quest for commodities in, and the ecological transformation of, the hot international; the institutionalization of navigational and information-gathering practices on the Spanish Casa de los angeles Contratación (House of Trade); the improvement of tools and applied sciences for exploiting the ordinary assets of the Americas; using reviews and questionnaires for accumulating info; and the writing of ordinary histories concerning the Americas.

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