Event—Public Programming

Story or History? "The Conquest of the Molucca Islands" by Bartolome' Leonardo de Argensola

In 1606 when the Spaniards captured Ternate Island, the victory was significant from various aspects. The event not only reflected a critical moment in the history of Spanish imperial power and in its struggle for the monopoly of the spice trade, but it also gives rise to Argensola’s Conquest of the Molucca Islands (1609). This talk examines the author’s account of the event and its relationship to the development of historiography in 17th-century Spain.