Beyond the Senegal: inventing the tropics in the late Middle Ages

@article{Cagle2015BeyondTS,
  title={Beyond the Senegal: inventing the tropics in the late Middle Ages},
  author={Hugh Cagle},
  journal={Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={7},
  pages={197 - 217}
}
  • Hugh Cagle
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies
For many modern observers, West Africa now stands as the most acute expression of a situation common throughout the tropics: a natural world defined by prodigious nature and debilitating febrile illness. I argue that this connection was inaugurated as a possibility – though not a definitive condition – over the course of the late fifteenth century, as a consequence of Portuguese voyages to West Africa. That connection was gradual rather than immediate. When seafarers first arrived at the… Expand
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