The qualities of empire

Remember that story I mentioned around here a couple of weeks ago, the one about the Spanish treasure galleon (the San José) whose 18th century wreckage was just discovered off the coast of Colombia? Yesterday, Africa is a Country published an interesting piece about the provenance and the proper destination of that find by Camilo… Continue reading The qualities of empire

A metaphorical wreck over an actual wreck

On Friday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that searchers had found the wreckage of the Spanish galleon San José, which was sunk in battle off the coast of Cartagena in 1708. This is a really cool find. The San José was one of the flagships of the “Spanish Treasure Fleet,” which was responsible for… Continue reading A metaphorical wreck over an actual wreck

Today in West African history: the Green March begins (1975)

It’s hard to believe that the Spanish Empire only officially ceased to exist in 1975. I mean, when you think of the Spanish Empire, or at least when I think of it, I think of vast swathes of the Americas that were Spanish colonial domains until the successful independence movements of the early 19th century,… Continue reading Today in West African history: the Green March begins (1975)