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Animals In The Atlantic World: Perceptions And Associations

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Informed by contemporary concerns drawn from evolutionary biology and our present-day cultural interactions with other animals, this chapter explores the use and treatment of animals in the Spanish empire. By exploring Spaniards on both sides of Atlantic, as well as cultural interactions with people they subordinated, there is an opportunity to detect some constants in the interaction between humans and other animals. In Bulliet's model, "Predomestic residues dominated attitudes toward animals in early domestic times," but owned domestic animals fulfilled the role of property more than that of independent agents to be emulated or respected. The Animals of Spain will explore the reverence for other animal life that did exist in the midst of animals treated as property and machines. The chapter argues that although some cultural trends may dominate, other positions do not necessarily go silently into the shadows, and seemingly contradictory stances are sometimes reconciled in same individual.

Keywords: Animals; Atlantic world; Bulliet; cultural trends; humans; interactions; Spanish empire; The Animals of Spain; treatment



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