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- DescriptionThe question about the first Americans' New World roots is seldom given attention, although there have been approaches to finding answers. These initiatives were neglected due to the dominance of ideas of external origins. In 1493 all lands west of the Azores were declared Spanish possessions according to the Bula Intercaetera. When on fictitious maps and in the literature of the 16th century America was described as identical to or as part of Asia, connected by huge fictitious land connections, both Asia and America were considered Spanish territories. Such conjectures furthermore served to explain the presence of mankind on the American continent, which had t been mentioned in the Bible. These misleading concepts, however, made many believe that the inhabitants of the Americas were Asians and that they had brought their languages and cultures from Asia. The strong impact of these ideas led to the exclusion of the concept of the New World roots from the questionnaire of the research into the peopling of the Americas. Therefore a closer look into the development, reception and impact of fictitious ideas of origin and into the forgotten aspect of an autochthous origin of the first Americans is presented here.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Helga Gemegah studied Sinology as well as Ancient American Studies at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Hamburg. She concluded her doctoral thesis at the University of Bremen in Romance Studies about Jose de Acosta's idea of origin. She has contributed various publications and congress presentations about questions regarding the peopling of the Americas and lectured at the University of Hamburg's Meso-American Studies.
- Author(s)Helga Gemegah
- PublisherPeter Lang GmbH
- Date of Publication01/07/2009
- Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintPeter Lang GmbH
- Content Note1, 1 fig.
- Weight440 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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