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By Elizabeth A. Sutton

In Capitalism and Cartography within the Dutch Golden Age, Elizabeth A. Sutton explores the attention-grabbing yet formerly ignored background of company cartography in the course of the Dutch Golden Age, from ca. 1600 to 1650. She examines how maps have been used as propaganda instruments for the Dutch West India corporation with the intention to motivate the commodification of land and an total capitalist agenda.

Building her exploration round the principal determine of Claes Jansz Vischer, an Amsterdam-based writer heavily tied to the Dutch West India corporation, Sutton exhibits how published maps of Dutch Atlantic territories helped rationalize the Dutch Republic’s international growth. Maps of land reclamation tasks within the Netherlands, in addition to the Dutch territories of latest Netherland (now long island) and New Holland (Dutch Brazil), demonstrate how print media have been used either to extend funding and to undertaking a standard narrative of nationwide team spirit. Maps of this period confirmed these barriers, commodities, and topographical information that publishers and the Dutch West India corporation retailers and governing Dutch elite deemed major to their time table. within the strategy, Sutton argues, they perpetuated and promoted glossy country capitalism.

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