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Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America

Jeffrey Alan Jr. Erbig


During the late eighteenth century, Portugal and Spain sent joint mapping expeditions to draw a nearly 10,000-mile border between Brazil and Spanish South America. These boundary commissions were the largest ever sent to the Americas and coincided with broader imperial reforms enacted throughout the hemisphere. Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met considers what these efforts meant to Indigenous peoples whose lands the border crossed. Moving beyond common frameworks that assess mapped borders strictly via colonial law or Native sovereignty, it examines the interplay between imperial and Indigenous ... More

Keywords: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, border, territorial possession, Native sovereignty, imperial reforms, boundary commissions, mapping, spatial history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655048
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Alan Jr. Erbig, author
University of California, Santa Cruz