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Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia

Nancy P. Appelbaum


The nineteenth century was an era of breathtakingly ambitious geographic expeditions across the Americas. The seminal Chorographic Commission of Colombia, which began in 1850 and lasted about a decade, was one of Latin America's most extensive. The commission's mandate was to define and map the young republic and its resources with an eye toward modernization. In this history of the commission, Nancy P. Appelbaum focuses on the geographers' fieldwork practices and visual production as the men traversed the mountains, savannahs, and forests of more than thirty provinces in order to delineate th ... More

Keywords: Agustín Codazzi, Colombia, Corographic Commission, Geographic Expeditions, History, Maps, Nineteenth Century, Race, Region

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627441
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy P. Appelbaum, author