Alexandro Malaspina: The man and explorer
Black, John A.
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Audio recording of Dr. John Black's October 2005 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the 18th century navigator, explorer, and philosopher, Alexandro Malaspina. Black, chair of the Malaspina University-College liberal studies department and co-founder of the Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre, gives extensive biographical details about Malaspina, including his early life, naval service, and details about his voyages. The motivations, conditions, and route of the Spanish funded Malaspina Expedition of 1789-1794 is covered at length, as well as Malaspina’s subsequent arrest and imprisonment as a result of his expedition report. Black explains how while incarcerated, Malaspina wrote a variety of philosophical essays in Spanish, some of which Black has translated through his work as the director of the Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre at Malaspina University-College. Black concludes his talk with details about Malaspina’s later life, and discusses how despite the account of the Malaspina Expedition remaining initially unpublished for a significant period of time, the 200th anniversary of the voyage precipitated a renewed academic interest in Malaspina and the expedition.