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Mapping the Country of RegionsThe Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia$
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Nancy P. Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627441

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627441.001.0001

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Views of the Country

Views of the Country

Chorography in the Aura of Humboldt

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Mapping the Country of Regions

Nancy P. Appelbaum

University of North Carolina Press

The second chapter examines chorography, as defined and adapted by Codazzi and his collaborators. The chapter considers both local conditions and international scientific currents that shaped their geographic practice, which built on and drew legitimacy from the holistic biogeography of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who emphasized the physiognomy of landscapes and regions. They were also influenced by Adriano Balbi’s quite different method, based on descriptive statistics. An examination of Codazzi’s first chorographic enterprise, the Venezuelan Chorographic Commission, provides insights into the New Granada commission’s unfinished work. The chapter concludes with a discussion of an example of the commission’s early cartography, a chorographic map of the Andean province of Socorro.

Keywords:   Adriano Balbi, Biogeography, Cartography, Chorographic Commissions, Chorography, Agustín Codazzi, Alexander von Humboldt, New Granada, Region, Venezuela

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