A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives About Travel to South by Angela Perez-Mejia, Dick Cluster

By Angela Perez-Mejia, Dick Cluster

Unravels the wealthy complexities of the colonial go back and forth adventure.

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Cartas Americanas, 85) During the Bogotá years, Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Francisco José de Caldas joined the project, and the Expedition broadened to take in the field of astronomy and zoology. Part of the “family” from Mariquita had died: Roque trying to get hold of an exotic plant in Quebradaseca, and Pedro Ferná by snakebite. In 1808 Mutis died in Santa Fe, but his disciples continued his work until 1817. Then, in the face of the capture of the city by Simón Bolívar, the Spanish government decided to dismantle the Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada.

These were key terms both for the Enlightenment and for the new mercantile system then imposing itself throughout the globe. They define this print as well: independent equatorial America enters the era of free trade, aided by Europe which offers to help her recover from the ruins of the colonial past.

My expedition of 9,000 miles over the two hemispheres has brought incomparable happiness. . I return with thirty-five crates filled with botanical, astronomic, and geologic treasures. It will take me many years to publish my great work. . I am afraid of my first winter, everything is so new, I will try to find myself again. (Lettres Américaines, 135) Humboldt’s voyage had transformed his native Europe, while the tropics had gotten under his skin. He apparently never managed to carry out the proposed re-encounter with himself.

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