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Mining Language – Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World

Allison Margaret Bigelow

Abstract

Mineral wealth from the Americas underwrote and undergirded European colonization of the New World; American gold and silver enriched Spain, funded the slave trade, and spurred Spain's northern European competitors to become Atlantic powers. Building upon works that have narrated this global history of American mining in economic and labor terms, Mining Language is the first book-length study of the technical and scientific vocabularies that miners developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as they engaged with metallic materials. This language-centric focus enables Allison Bigelow t ... More

Keywords: mining, mineral, metallurgists, slave trade, Indigenous, African, colonialism, Quechua, Spanish

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654386
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654386.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allison Margaret Bigelow, author
University of Virginia