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Presented By: William L. Clements Library

The Clements Bookworm: The Hacke ‘Pirate’ Atlas

Fellow Spotlight with Chet Van Duzer & Danny Zborover

Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.) Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.)
Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.)
In the late 1600s, English mapmaker William Hacke masterfully produced multiple copies of a manuscript atlas drawn from captured Spanish sea charts. One copy of these atlases is now held at the University of Michigan Clements Library. In this episode of the Bookworm, past Fellows Chet Van Duzer and Danny Zborover discuss their research on these 17th century sources. Van Duzer will explain indications of the locations of shipwrecks in Hacke Atlases—and how information about the treasure on those wrecks was later added (a change inspired by William Phips’ spectacular recovery of treasure from a Spanish wreck in 1687.) Zborover shares his research focused on the deep roots of entanglements between the Chontal Indigenous people in southern Mexico, and English, French, and Dutch pirates. He considers the Clements’ Hacke Atlas to be “one of the most instructive sources for our understanding of these Pacific coast colonial interests.”

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The Clements Bookworm is a webinar series in which panelists and featured guests discuss history topics. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie.

This episode of the Bookworm is generously sponsored by Tom Root in celebration of Corie Root's birthday.
Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.) Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.)
Folio 56v/r, Clements Library Hacke Atlas. “King Charles’s Harbour” (today Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.)
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