Los "Comentarios" de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: crónica americana de una utopía europea

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The "Comments" by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Chronicle of a European Utopia

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The Comments are the chronicle of five years of colonial life in the Río de La Plata (1540-1545), which began as a relief expedition and ended with a coup in which the second governor Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was dismissed by the settlers and sent to Spain as a prisoner with false accusations under his charge. Despite the obvious exculpatory purpose, the text allows defining Alvar Núñez's indigenist policy as the American chronicle of a European utopia. This reading is based on the one hand on the verification of the legal conformity of the political action of Cabeza de Vaca and, on the other, on the interpretation of his River Plate experience as an attempt to apply the principles of peaceful colonization issues of the famous ethical debate between Las Casas and Sepúlveda. The failure of Cabeza de Vaca and the success of Domingo Martínez de Irala demonstrate the great inconsistency between the theory and practice in the colonial policy of Carlos V, which is configured, therefore, as the projection, in America, of a model utopian matured in the European Renaissance climate and whose concrete realization would never have been possible because the Christian values on which it was based, of clear medieval origin, came into contradictions with the desire for rationality and individual affirmation typical of the Renaissance, as well as with specific economic interests .
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The "Comments" by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Chronicle of a European Utopia
Original languageSpanish
PublisherArcipelago
Number of pages142
ISBN (Print)88-7695-306-X
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Rio de La Plata
  • Río de La Plata
  • cronache di conquista
  • crónicas de conquista

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