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Writing Captivity in the Early Modern AtlanticCirculations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds$
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Lisa Voigt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831991

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838747_Knott

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: Captivity, Exile, and Interpretation in El Inca Garcilaso de La Vega's La Florida del Inca

: Captivity, Exile, and Interpretation in El Inca Garcilaso de La Vega's La Florida del Inca

(p.99) Chapter Two: Captivity, Exile, and Interpretation in El Inca Garcilaso de La Vega's La Florida del Inca
Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic

Lisa Voigt

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the mestizo author El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega concludes his account of Hernando de Soto's expedition to Florida with a tale of Floridians in Spain, whose displacement reflects the author's own distance from his Peruvian homeland since his early twenties. It traces La Florida's multiple crossings in order to explore the relationship between Garcilaso's strategies of self-authorization and his reworking of the motifs of captivity and exile. For Garcilaso, transplanted individuals such as captives and exiles are essential to transmitting accurate and useful knowledge across cultural borders, yet La Florida's final episode offers a negative example of such a mediating role. It becomes a narrative of a double crossing: a transatlantic round-trip and a duplicitous revenge.

Keywords:   mestizo author, El Inca Garcilaso, Hernando de Soto, La Florida, transplanted individuals, double crossing, duplicitous revenge

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