“Mapping the ‘Country of Regions’: How the Nineteenth-Century Chorographic Commission of Colombia Envisioned the Nation”
Wednesday, October 1, 5:15 pm
This paper explores how an ambitious nineteenth-century geographic expedition known as the Chorographic Commission envisioned the nation of New Granada (now Colombia) as a hierarchy of regions and races. Tensions evident in the commission’s images, texts, and maps reflected contradictions that undermined the nation-building project of the mid-century elite.
Nancy Appelbaum is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS) at Binghamton University.