Don Quixote crosses a now unified peninsula without interior borders between the Christian kingdoms and even more, without borders with the Moor kingdoms: the Spain that Don Quixote crosses is subsequent to the capture of Granada in by the Catholic Monarchs. There are no longer Moor kings in Spain.
Some Moriscos that were expelled even return to Spain, and meet with Sancho:. It seems as if Cervantes had deliberately wanted to return to a previous Iberian Spain, perhaps not before the discovery of America, but as least earlier than the massive Spanish entrance in the New World Peru, Mexico… and the repercussions that such an entrance would have in Spain itself.
This intemporal air comes from a society that, like the Spanish, has already matured as the first historical nation. Nonetheless, it still needs the care of knights armed with lances and swords, even in those moments when it is abstracted from its imminent political responsibilities those which oblige the mobilization of armies with firearms — today we would say missiles with nuclear heads.
It does so not in an immediate way, but rather through the use of an intemporal Spain, one not unreal but seen simply under an ultraviolet light in which a civil society, set in the historical time that the Iberian peninsula lives, lives according to its own rhythm. There are many interpretations formulated on diverse scales. According to these interpretations, Cervantes, in his fundamental work, would have supplied the most ruthless and defeatist vision of Imperial Spain that could ever have been offered up. As clever psychological critics say, Cervantes — resentful, skeptical, on the border of nihilism and disappointed by the innumerable failures that his life handed him mutilation, captivity, prison, failure, and rejection — especially in his request to move to America, a right he felt he deserved as a hero in Lepanto — this Cervantes would have eliminated from his brilliant novel any reference to the Indies, as well as any to Europe.
For what is it that this mirror reflected? A deformed knight who goes on delirious and ridiculous adventures from which he returns defeated time and time again. Accordingly, Cervantes must be placed among those men inside the Spanish nation not outside who have most contributed to the development of the Black Legend although others have done so in a much more subtle and cowardly way. Nonetheless, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra himself must be the central figure of this list. In this defeatist interpretation, must we then follow the path that Ramiro de Maetzu himself initiated when he advised to temper the cult of Don Quixote not only in schools, but also in the Spanish national ideology?
If Don Quixote is a mad and ridiculous Spanish antihero, a mere parody and counterfigure of the real man and the real modern knight, then why is there this determination to keep him as a national emblem by celebrating his anniversaries and centennaries with such uncommon pomp?
Only the enemies of Spain — internal enemies above all, like Catalonian, Basque, or Galician separatists — could delight in the adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha. It would still be possible to try to restore a less depressing symbolism of Don Quixote, even while recognizing his incessant defeats. Furthermore, in no way is it clear that Cervantes held the nihilist, resentful attitude toward the Spanish empire which Unamuno attributed to him. His results were without a doubt more ambiguous because of that — so ambiguous that they allowed the enemies of Spain to transform him into a pretext for derision of its history and its people.
They lived forgetful of the fact that the same Empire which protected their welfare, their happiness — their more or less placid and pacific life — was being attacked on all sides and starting to show alarming signs of leak after the defeat of its Armada. The lances and swords of his grandparents, or the bacinelmet Don Quixote himself makes, can then be seen as allegories through which Cervantes, without even needing to be aware of it, meant to represent the Spain that resulted from the ultraviolet light he used.
According to this, Cervantes, with his Don Quixote, could have attempted or if what he had attempted was to unleash his skepticism bordering on nihilism at least could have succeeded in exercising the role of an agent of a revulsion before the government of the successive kings of Catholic majesties — Carlos I and even Felipe II, in the times of Lepanto. What Cervantes would be saying to his compatriots is that with rusty lances and swords, with paralytic boats, with solitary adventures, or less still, dressed up as bucolic and pacific pastors, that with all of this the Spanish people would be destined to failure because the Empire that protected them and the one in which they lived was being seriously threatened by neighboring ones.
Nonetheless, Cervantes would also be seeing — albeit with skepticism — that it was still possible to overcome the depression that without a doubt appeared in some of the characters — among them Alonso Quijano transformed as Don Quixote. As such, Cervantes seems to want to stress in every moment that his characters effectively have the necessary energy — even if it had to be expressed in the form of madness.
As such, Don Quixote, along with his follies, would be offering some hints of the path it would be necessary to follow. The first of these, before any other, would be to travel and explore the lands of the Spanish nation: Cervantes takes care that Don Quixote de La Mancha leaves his village in the fields of Montiel and crosses the Sierra Morena. He even takes care to make him arrive at the beach of Barcelona the same beach, it seems, in which Cervantes saw how the boat carrying his patron the Count of Lemos took off to sea towards Italy, without Cervantes being able to catch it for a final chance.
I have done all I can. A message of perpetual peace and disarmament directed to the Spanish nation would be lethal, however. It could only be understood as a message sent to Spain by its enemies, hoping that once Spain had disarmed herself, they could then go in and split her up. Even further, it can be conceded that this allegory — suggested from the beginning, but in chiaroscuro — became a constant stimulus for the author and gained momentum as it went, driving the author to dedicate himself with greater fervor to the development of such an ambiguous character, one so ambiguous that it became inexhaustible — a character that promised so much, even from its initial, simple definition.
Alonso Quijano is a madman, and while Don Quixote channels his madness through generally violent means, they are nonetheless filled with strength and generosity. In addition, the hero — a madman in his acts and exploits — is a judicious and ingenious hero in his speech, so unlike a madman. Why then are these triadic figures laughable, especially the figure of Don Quixote? Not for his efforts, strength, fortitude, or generosity, but rather because he uses laughable instruments or proposes laughable goals: broken lances, bacinelmets, windmills, flocks of goats, even the governance of an island.
But he does so always maintaining that forceful, firm, and generous energy inherited from his lineage. Cervantes could catch glimpses of this allegory as his story moved forward. The important thing is that Cervantes saw such an allegory, because only then can his disposition be understood to lead Don Quixote, in a given moment in his career, to hang up his arms and so decree his death. One must hang up ones arms in order to renounce these follies, to be cured of them after a great fever — but with this comes death which is what the dimwitted pacifist does not see.
He makes Don Quixote give intelligent and ingenious discourses that prove this faculty and appear all the more strong while his actions, weapons, and deeds appear to us all the more weak and disjointed. This goes in spite of the difficulty in determining the line of demarcation between a sane discourse and a degenerated one. It seems proper then to test different criteria for the division between coherent and incoherent discourse. The one which seems to me the most plausible is based on a distinction between doctrinal discourse necessarily abstract, political, and philosophical and the judgment to apply the discourse to the concrete circumstances of the moment — a judgment where prudence and discretion must intervene, not only the wisdom of principles nor the science of the conclusions the coherence of the doctrine.
For example, in II, 29 where Cervantes offers the famous adventure of the enchanted boat , it seems that Don Quixote possesses a solid science in his discourse about the Sphere, in that he uses concepts Sancho knows nothing of: colures, lines, parallels, zodiacs, ecliptics, poles, solstices, equinoxes, planets, signs, points, and measurements.
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It is not a common madness such as a schizophrenic suffering from confusion and mental chaos. A different matter is the origin of this disagreement between doctrine and deed. Or is it that the facts are disrupted from the outside from the palace of the dukes, for example , so that they seem different than they ought to? At times, Sancho himself even loses his good sense, as happened in the episode of the wine skins slashed by Don Quixote I, 35 which he took to be giants and the spilled wine their blood. But if we take St. Such a judgment can only be assented to by appealing to divine action, to a miracle that is in some way the work of enchantment.
And what is the substance of this perfect discourse about arms and letters? Which is to say, against whom is it directed? Both groups exalt Don Quixote on his fourth centenary and hope to lift his figure up as another emblem of redeeming pacifism. In what way is a man different from an animal? According to Erasmus, a man, in spite of his intelligence, behaves more bestially than beasts themselves in their relations with others of the same species. Elephants often behave as brothers one to another. Lions show no fierceness to other lions. Christ is the beginning of peace. In spite of their intelligence, why then do men permanently start wars?
Perhaps for their original sin? But Erasmus, just as Augustine, seems to be saying that if intelligence or reason had not been cut short in man by his original sin, then he would stop developing weapons because of his rationality. Manuel de Montoliu defends this relationship.
But while Erasmus affirmed that humans, precisely on the basis of their rationality, ought to stop developing weapons, Don Quixote begins by vindicating the rational condition of weapons. Man is a rational animal, and so to must be weapons, as inventions of man. But this distinction between instrument-arms whose energy proceeds from the organism, which uses instruments as if they were its own organs: claws, fangs, and fists and machine-arms does not permit classifying instrument-arms as irrational, animal arms. But instrument arms are weapons strictly speaking, normalized tools, the contents of human culture.
They are therefore rational, as Don Quixote says. Consequently, neither weapons nor war come from irrational animals. War is not a question of some brute force rooted in the body. It requires spirit, ingenuity:. The argument that such people usually adduce and depend upon is that brain-work is superior to physical work, and that the exercise of arms involves the body alone, as if it were the business of market-porters, which needs nothing more than brute strength; or as if acts of fortitude requiring a keen intelligence were not involved in what we fighters call soldiership; or as if the warrior who is in charge of an army or the defence of a besieged city did not labour with his mind as much as with his body.
There are, however, two main ways to interpret it:. Universal and perpetual peace is the aim of each and every war — a peace therefore understood to be everlasting and mutual among opponents. Peace is not the universal and undifferentiated aim of all wars, but rather the particular and specific aim of each war: those who are in war are looking for peace, but it is the peace of their victory. Those who take part in war collaborate in creating disorder; the aim of war is to reestablish order, but such as it is understood by the victor.
As such, the goal of war is peace, the peace of victory and of the victorious and stable order that victory manages to establish. If peace were the universal law of mankind, then the only way to explain wars historically would be to suppose that humans — rational animals — have started wars because of their irrationality. The history of mankind, then, would have to be the history of nonsense. War then must be the extreme form of the ordinary relationship between these parts.
Based on this supposition, when I talk about peace as the aim of war, I am referring to real war, to each war in particular.
Only now does talk of war have a political and historical sense, not a metahistorical or metaphysical one. Talking about peace as the aim of war is talking about political peace, whether it be the Pax Romana, the Pax Hispanica, or even the Pax Sovietica of which Stalin proclaimed himself leader in The peace to which war aspires must have one of the following aims:. Or to achieve hegemony over others, not to simply dominate them, but to provide them with better goods than they currently have the aim of so-called civilizing or liberating wars ,.
Or to govern those who deserve to be governed, even as slaves. Vitoria, even Sepulveda, assumes this third aim as the aim of a just war, if it proposes to tutor and educate people incapable of educating themselves, in order to help them develop their own capacities. All in all, Don Quixote is defending an order — a peace — to be maintained by just and fair laws themselves only effective with the force of arms. These arms make it possible for the order represented by the laws to prevail over other opposing or alternative orders. The order represented by the laws presiding over a nation such as the Spanish nation can only be maintained by the force of arms.
These arms created that nation and sustain it from below and are the same as those carried by Don Quixote — not alone, but together with Sancho and Dulcinea — from which new soldiers and lawyers can issue. A weak or disarmed nation can only assume the order that other, better armed nations or empires impose. As such, arms must be considered superior and more rational than laws, than human learning:.
Away with anyone who gives letters [the letters of the learned, or the law-makers, of the Rechtsstaat] the preference over arms, for I say to him, whoever he may be, that he does not know what he is talking about. The argument that such people usually adduce and depend upon is that brain-work is superior to physical work, and that the exercise of arms involves the body alone, as if it were the business of market-porters, which needs nothing more than brute strength; or as if acts of fortitude requiring a keen intelligence were not involved in what we fighters call soldiership; or as if the warrior who is in charge of an army or the defense of a besieged city did not labor with his mind as much as with his body.
While the goal of letters is to interpret and enforce the law, it is not as praiseworthy as that which arms have before them, which is peace…This peace is the true goal of war; and war and arms are all one. Don Quixote obliges us to affirm — such is my interpretation — that if Spain exists, that if Spain can resist its threats, that if Spain is a nation and wants to keep being one, then none of this can come from nor be maintained by letters or laws or the rule of law.
Arms are necessary. This excerpt is found on pages This quote is found on English translation by A. Lane El Quijote y su laberinto vital. Barcelona: Anthropos, Barcelona: Alba, Barcelona: Araluce, , p. Barcelona: Ediciones B, As quoted in Carlos Alvar ed. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, , page Editorial Cervantes, The first circumnavigation of Earth was the Magellan—Elcano expedition , which sailed from Seville, Spain, in and returned in , after crossing the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
The first voyage around the world was that of the ship Victoria, between and , known as the Magellan—Elcano expedition. It then continued across the Pacific discovering a number of islands on its way, including Guam before arriving in the Philippines. Elcano and a small group of 18 men were actually the only members of the expedition to make the full circumnavigation.
In September , he passed through the southern tip of South America, named Drake Passage, which connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean. Cicero was driven ashore and wrecked while approaching Maracaibo. The crew fought off Indians and salvaged part of the cargo.
Nye then spent 4 months in Bogata, returning to Maracaibo in November The August 11, obituary in the Sandwich Observer notes that "Capt. Nye was a proficient scholar in all geographical, geometrical, mathematical and astronomical studies, and many of the younger navigators of the bay cruisers are graduates of his winter evening school he taught for their benefit.
His observation of the planets on the bright starry evenings were ever a delight to the school teachers and scholars of his village, and writing up his surveys of harbors and rivers along our coast for "Blunt's American Coast Pilot", rendered him a proficient pilot for nearly every harbor along the entire length of our coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Nye was also a ship's captain, master of the Mt. Wollaston, which disappeared in the Arctic.
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