Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization
Chapter 2. Bordering the Civilization of Greater California: An Inquiry into Genealogy, Treaty-Making and Influence
45 Chapter 2 Bordering the Civilization of Greater California: An Inquiry into Genealogy, Treaty-Making and Influence1 “When they first saw him, a goal they had all harbored would suddenly germinate.” Garci Rodríquez de Montalvo, Sergas de Esplandián2 At the beginning of all great civilizations there is Naming: baptism. With naming comes genealogy. Then follow the sighting – and the siting – of that which was named. All this collectively sculpts the history of borderings, which must be nec- essarily both literarily articulative and pragmatically grounded. Because these two aspects to the act of bordering are perduring, there is never a final moment of settled borders. Which is not to claim that there are no borders. Only that they are malleable – and potentially revolutionary. The “creation” of “California” is of this order of invention. Not invention out of nowhere, but invention out of the richest stratum of Western classical thought and genealogizing, one that traces back to the epic-tragic fall of ancient Troy and the ensuing ventures by its noble citizenry to ground new Troys throughout the world. One such achievement was the ancient Veneto; another, and far more prodi- gious, was the foundation of ancient Rome – along with all subsequent Latin (and “Latino”) civilizations. From this Roman fount followed a host of lesser Troys in western Europe, all more or less wedded to the primacy of the Trojan pedigree of Aeneas, son of the goddess Aphrodite and the Trojan prince Anchises. Around the eighth-ninth centuries C. E. there is plain...
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