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Fatal RevolutionsNatural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature$
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Christopher P. Iannini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835562

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838181_iannini

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Humboldt's Havana

Humboldt's Havana

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(p.281) EpilogueHumboldt's Havana
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Fatal Revolutions
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Christopher P. Iannini

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838181_iannini.13

Alexander von Humboldt is a celebrated naturalist and author who compiled materials for what would become a fascinating physical and cultural geography of Havana, Cuba. In his essay entitled Essai politique sur l'île de Cuba, Humboldt also incorporated his knowledge of slavery into his first-hand descriptions of his scientific practice. The broad circulation of this essay demonstrates the continued importance of West Indian nature as an object of scientific knowledge and site of literary innovation in the early to mid-nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Alexander von Humboldt, Havana, Cuba, slavery, Essai politique sur l'île de Cuba, West Indian

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