Terra Foundation-supported Events

Symposium: “Global Encounters in Early America”

Global Encounters in Early America will address the visual means by which early Americans studied and understood the world. Papers will investigate maps, atlases, engravings, paintings, and decorative arts that circulated in early America (defined as prior to 1840), and the ways in which these visual forms informed geographic, cultural, economic, and aesthetic knowledge. Together presentations will demonstrate that early Americans gathered much of their knowledge of the rest of the world, built a strong trade-based economy, and developed their perceptions of other places and peoples through visual and material experiences. Significant consideration will be given to the emerging American nation’s interactions with its Asian trading partners

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