Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age by Elizabeth A. Sutton

By Elizabeth A. Sutton

In Capitalism and Cartography within the Dutch Golden Age, Elizabeth A. Sutton explores the interesting yet formerly ignored historical past of company cartography throughout the Dutch Golden Age, from ca. 1600 to 1650. She examines how maps have been used as propaganda instruments for the Dutch West India corporation to be able to inspire the commodification of land and an total capitalist agenda.

Building her exploration round the important determine of Claes Jansz Vischer, an Amsterdam-based writer heavily tied to the Dutch West India corporation, Sutton indicates how published maps of Dutch Atlantic territories helped rationalize the Dutch Republic’s international growth. Maps of land reclamation tasks within the Netherlands, in addition to the Dutch territories of latest Netherland (now big apple) and New Holland (Dutch Brazil), display how print media have been used either to extend funding and to venture a standard narrative of nationwide team spirit. Maps of this period confirmed these barriers, commodities, and topographical information that publishers and the Dutch West India corporation retailers and governing Dutch elite deemed major to their time table. within the strategy, Sutton argues, they perpetuated and promoted glossy country capitalism.

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