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Table Of Contents

1 ✵ Palace Arts
2 ✵ America
3 ✵ Charting Shores
4 ✵ Fabled Land
5 ✵ Indigenous Civilization
6 ✵ Projecting Order
8 ✵ Litigating Land
9 ✵ Mining Mountains
10 ✵ Between Two Seas
11 ✵ Bourbons and Water
12 ✵ Andean Empire
13 ✵ Imperial Rivalries
14 ✵ Allegory and Empire
15 ✵ Edge of Empire
16 ✵ Mapping New Spain Borderlands
17 ✵ Forts and Ports
18 ✵ Estate Maps
19 ✵ Myths and Measurements
20 ✵ Creole Landscapes
21 ✵ Cartographic Independence
22 ✵ Mapping Mountains
23 ✵ Traversing Space
24 ✵ Cutting Across
25 ✵ Minerals and War
26 ✵ Initial Boundaries
27 ✵ Interior Designs
28 ✵ Historical Geographies
29 ✵ Drawing the Line
30 ✵ Measuring Up and Fitting In
31 ✵ Coffee Grounds
32 ✵ Portraying and Planning a City
34 ✵ The Life of a Map
35 ✵ Educating the Nation
36 ✵ Reordering Our World
37 ✵ National Production
38 ✵ Representing the Nation
39 ✵ Ties That Bind
40 ✵ A Fruit Company Town
41 ✵ Tropical Modernism
42 ✵ On the Road
43 ✵ Mass Transit
44 ✵ Open for Business
45 ✵ Mayas and Tourism Markets
46 ✵ National Security and Transnational Insecurity
47 ✵ Revolutionary Power, Divided State
48 ✵ Controlling People and Space
49 ✵ Sewing Resistance
50.1) and two sections from Peru’s now- defunct ONERN
50.2 and 50.3), born of U.S.–Latin American interna-
51 ✵ Renewed El Dorado
52 ✵ Hydrologic Modeling
53 ✵ GIS Maps and the Amazon Borderlands
54 ✵ Ethnic Mapping
55 ✵ Making Black Territories
56 ✵ Ironies of Conservation Mapping
57 ✵ Mapping the Pemon Homeland
61, 63–64
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Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader

Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader

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For many, a map is nothing more than a tool used to determine the location or distribution of something—a country, a city, or a natural resource. But maps reveal much more: to really read a map means to examine what it shows and what it doesn’t, and to ask who made it, why, and for whom. The contributors to this new volume ask these sorts of questions about maps of Latin America, and in doing so illuminate the ways cartography has helped to shape this region from the Rio Grande to Patagonia.


In Mapping Latin America, Jordana Dym and Karl Offen bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps. Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers—from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public. The maps collected here, and the interpretations that accompany them, provide an excellent source to help readers better understand how Latin American countries, regions, provinces, and municipalities came to be defined, measured, organized, occupied, settled, disputed, and understood—that is, how they came to have specific meanings to specific people at specific moments in time.


The first book to deal with the broad sweep of mapping activities across Latin America, this lavishly illustrated volume will be required reading for students and scholars of geography and Latin American history, and anyone interested in understanding the significance of maps in human cultures and societies.

For many, a map is nothing more than a tool used to determine the location or distribution of something—a country, a city, or a natural resource. But maps reveal much more: to really read a map means to examine what it shows and what it doesn’t, and to ask who made it, why, and for whom. The contributors to this new volume ask these sorts of questions about maps of Latin America, and in doing so illuminate the ways cartography has helped to shape this region from the Rio Grande to Patagonia.


In Mapping Latin America, Jordana Dym and Karl Offen bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps. Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers—from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public. The maps collected here, and the interpretations that accompany them, provide an excellent source to help readers better understand how Latin American countries, regions, provinces, and municipalities came to be defined, measured, organized, occupied, settled, disputed, and understood—that is, how they came to have specific meanings to specific people at specific moments in time.


The first book to deal with the broad sweep of mapping activities across Latin America, this lavishly illustrated volume will be required reading for students and scholars of geography and Latin American history, and anyone interested in understanding the significance of maps in human cultures and societies.

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