Carla Rahn Phillips, A Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth, 1581-84: Spain’s Ill-Fated Attempt to Colonize Patagonia

Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota

Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota

Friday, November 19, 2010
Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

Francis Drake’s unexpected raids on Spain’s overseas colonies in 1577-80 alarmed the Spanish court and its global bureaucracy. The first official response to those raids was the expedition led by Diego Flores de Valdés and Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa. History has dubbed Sarmiento a hero and Valdés a buffoon or worse, but the documents paint a richer and more complicated picture of the struggle for the South Atlantic.

Learn more about the speaker: Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota.