Sabrina Guerra Moscoso

Fellowship Date

May 01, 2014 to May 30, 2014

Project

Un paso hacia el Mar del Sur: Expediciones, geografía y cartografía del Nuevo Mundo/One Step Towards the South Sea: Expeditions, Geography and Cartography of the New World

This project focuses on the evolution of cartography in the wake of some of the most famous expeditions that set forth from American ports, specifically from Callao, Perú  and Acapulco, Mexico between the 16th and 18th centuries, with the mission of discovering an interoceanic passageway through the American continent.  I will analyze the impact on cartography that also fueled the construction of an imaginary surrounding an interoceanic passage, a desire that continued until well into the 19th century.  

Biography

Sabrina Guerra Moscoso holds a Ph.D in the History of América from the Universitat Jaume I (Spain).  She is a Professor and Coordinator of the History Program at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador).  In the last decade, she has focused on maritime history, especially on the history of the Pacific during the Colonial period.  She has published articles on the Armada of the South Sea, corsairs and pirates, ports and routes of the Pacific.  In the last two years she has directed the project Cartography of the Americas at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and she curated the 2011 map exhibition at the National Library of Ecuador.  She is the editor of the book titled Enigmas, geografía, expediciones y cartografía de las Américas that is in press.  She is currently working on a chapter on the Armada of the South Sea for the book  Esplendor y crisis de la Real Armada, 1750-1820, a joint research project from the Junta de Andalucía and  Universidad Pablo de Olavide, España.