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Título: Quest for Permanence in the Tropics: Portuguese Bioprospecting in Asia (16th-18th Centuries)
Autor: Županov, Ines G.
Xavier, Ângela Barreto
Palavras-chave: Império Português
Índia
Data: 2014
Editora: Brill
Citação: Zupanov, I. G., Xavier, Â. B. (2014). Quest for Permanence in the Tropics: Portuguese Bioprospecting in Asia (16th-18th Centuries). Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 57, 511-548
Resumo: The history of agricultural, botanical, pharmacological, and medical exchanges is one of the most fascinating chapters in early modern natural history. Until recently, however, historiography has been dominated by the British experience from the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, with Kew Gardens at the center of the “green imperialism.” In this article we address the hard-won knowledge acquired by those who participated in early modern Portuguese imperial bioprospecting in Asia. The Portuguese were the first to transplant important economic plants from one continent to another, on their imposing colonial chessboard. In spite of this, the history of Portuguese bioprospecting is still fragmentary, especially with respect to India and the Indian Ocean. We argue not only that the Portuguese—imperial officials, missionaries, and the people connected with them, all living and working under the banner of the Portuguese empire—were interested in gathering knowledge but also that the results of their endeavors were relevant for the development of natural history in the early modern period and that they were important actors within the larger community of naturalists.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/12189
DOI: 10.1163/15685209-12341357
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