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The Journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Terrae Incognitae is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published for the Society for the History of Discoveries. The aim is to examine the history and impact of geographic exploration and cross-cultural interaction around the globe prior to the modern era. Each issue includes an expansive book review section.

Recent articles have ranged from the use of DNA technology to track the movement of chickens and thus populations in pre-historic Oceania to the role of the Order of Christ in furthering 16th-century Portuguese expansion; from the significance of inter-cultural adoption or rejection of clothing for understanding cross-cultural interaction to Marco Polo’s influence on cartography.

Special Edition of Terrae Incognitae Now Available Online (and it's free for everyone)!

The Special Issue on an unpublished fourteenth-century geographical source: Galvaneus Flamma's Cronica Universalis, is now available online.  After Paolo Chiesa's exciting discovery was published in TI last year he and his team began working with Richard Weiner on a series of follow-up articles for this special edition of the journal.  In this edition, Chiesa and his team go deeper into the source material used by Galvaneus Flamma, his geographic understandings, and the impacts on cartography.  Within the first week of its online publication, the Editor's Introduction received over 5,000 downloads.  At our request, our publishing house has agreed to make some of the articles in this edition open access through March 2023.  This is a rare opportunity for us to increase the visibility of both the journal and the Society.  Paolo Chiesa's article last year holds the record as the most downloaded article in the Journal's history.  So please help spread the word by sharing with your friends, colleagues, students, social media networks, and any other means available to you.  Go online to access these exciting articles!   The links below are active.

Beyond Fourteenth-Century Discussions of the Americas: New Geographical Revelations from Galvaneus Flamma’s Cronica Universalis  by Richard Weiner

Geography in Galvaneus Flamma’s Cronica Universalis by Paolo Chiesa,

Asia through the Eyes of a Medieval Dominican Friar: Galvaneus Flamma’s Cumulative Reuse of Geographical Sources  by Giulia Greco

Two Cartographic Elements in Galvaneus Flamma’s Cronica Universalis by Paolo Chiesa

Information for Contributors

We welcome contributions to Terrae Incognitae. All information concerning article submission can be found on our publisher’s web site.


Interested in subscribing to Terrae Incognitae? Join the Society for the History of Discoveries and this important journal is provided as part of your membership, both print and online access.
The journal is also available through institutional subscriptions. 

Editor: Dr. Richard Weiner, Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Associate Editors: Dr. Gayle Brunelle (California State University, Fullerton)
Alistair S. Maeer (Texas Wesleyan University) and
Anthony Mullan (Library of Congress)
Book review editor: David Buisseret, Newberry Library

This Journal is distributed free of charge to all current members of the Society for the History of Discoveries. 

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Editorial Advisory Board

Mirela Altić – Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia ♦ Imre Demhardt – University of Texas at Arlington, USA ♦ Dan Duda, Memorial University, Canada ♦ Ralph Ehrenberg – Falls Church, Virginia, USA ♦ Barry Gough, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ♦ Donald Harreld – Brigham Young University, USA ♦ Francis Herbert – Royal Geographical Society-IBG, London, UK ♦  Gregory McIntosh – University of Lisbon, Portugal ♦  Elizabeth Mancke – University of New Brunswick, Canada ♦ Marguerite Ragnow – James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota, USA ♦ Bruce Solnick – Lenox, Massachusetts, USA ♦ Carol Urness – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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