To know what's there and how to get there: Spanish mapping of empire

  • Past Event
Friends of the Library

Learn about Spanish exploration and charting of the Americas and the Pacific, with examples from the Library's collection.

Event Information

23 April 2024, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Past Event
General Admission:  
State Library NSW

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 292731414

A rare opportunity to hear American cartographic expert Professor Emeritus Dennis Reinhartz speak about the exploration and charting of the Americas and the Pacific undertaken by the Spanish. In his presentation Professor Reinhartz will reference many of the Library’s significant collections including the extensive collection of Quiros Memorials and a collection of rare 18th manuscript charts of the pacific documenting the Spanish expeditions to colonise Easter Island and Tahiti.

Dennis Reinhartz is an emeritus professor of history and Russian at the University of Texas at Arlington. In a career of over forty years he has also taught at Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, James Madison University, Bridgewater College, University of London, and Oxford University and holds several teaching awards. He has offered courses in world history, modern European history, Russian and East European history, modern Chinese history, transatlantic discovery and exploration, history of cartography, and historical methodology and theory. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles related to his fields of interest. He is past president of The Society for the History of Discoveries, Arid Lands Studies Association, Western Social Science Association, Historical Society of New Mexico, and Texas Map Society.