||Dr. Francisco Contente Domingues visited Texas
A&M University, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) in February
2007, as part of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Lecture Series (CMAC). He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor
in the Department of History at the University of Lisbon and is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M. Author
of a multitude of books concerning Portuguese activities during the Age of Expansion, Dr. Domingues is considered
one of the leading scholars in Portuguese maritime history.
|The purpose of his visit to College Station was
to meet with NAP students and professors to discuss current trends in the study of Portuguese history and to establish
a network of researchers interested in Portuguese seafaring. In addition to a dinner hosted by Dr. Filipe Vieira
de Castro and his family, Dr. Domingues offered a lecture to present his views on the subject.
Dr. Domingues summarizes
the current trends in Portuguese maritime scholarship. Photo: Mark Polzer
|At the CMAC lecture, Dr. Domingues introduced themes
within the field of Portuguese maritime history which he believes require further exploration.
|These included shipbuilding technology, nautical
cartography, nautical science, economic history, and biographies, as a whole, in Portugal. He encouraged students
to take advantage of the research potential of these topics by providing an inventory of resources available to
researchers on the internet and in numerous archives in Europe. He also comprised a list of possible journals
in which to publish articles as well as a directory of agencies offering funding opportunities.
|With an overwhelming willingness to assist scholars
and share his wealth of knowledge, the working relationship between the students and Dr. Domingues will undoubtedly
continue to facilitate the exchange and compilation of information relating to Iberian seafaring and further serve
to enhance our understanding of the subject.