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Writing History In The Age Of Discovery, According To La Popelinière, 16th–17th Centuries

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On May 4th 1661, Jan van Riebeeck wrote a long letter to the directors of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to assess the ten arduous years he had spent founding and asserting the VOC's domination at the southern tip of Africa. This chapter aims at continuing the 'archaeology of discovery' started with O'Gorman's question, shifting the focus to the Northern European appropriation of a term which was already defining the Hispanic domination in America. Between Christopher Columbus, the first 'discoverer of America', and Jan van Riebeeck , who emphasized what ten years spent in the Cape of Good Hope in the middle of the seventeenth century had allowed him to 'discover for the benefit of the Company', a common thread seems to be uniting various European projects overseas. La Popeliniè restemmed from a gentry family of Poitou and was by his upbringing a man of letters.

Keywords: Christopher Columbus; Dutch East India Company (VOC); Jan van Riebeeck; La Popeliniè



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