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Decolonizing the MapCartography from Colony to Nation$
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James R. Akerman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422787

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226422817.001.0001

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Cartography in the Production (and Silencing) of Colombian Independence History, 1807–1827

Cartography in the Production (and Silencing) of Colombian Independence History, 1807–1827

(p.110) Chapter Three Cartography in the Production (and Silencing) of Colombian Independence History, 1807–1827
Decolonizing the Map

Lina del Castillo

University of Chicago Press

During the Age of Revolutions, print cartography played a critical role in the invention of imaginable, independent republican spaces. This chapter traces out the circumstances behind the ideation, creation, and circulation of two distinct yet interconnected cartographic "Colombias." Each was a product of divergent transatlantic social and political networks, yet both were dedicated to the independence of Spanish America. The first Colombia, printed in London in 1807, encompassed all of South America, reflecting the grand plans Francisco de Miranda envisioned for the continent on the eve of Napoleon's invasion of Iberia. The second, produced in Paris in 1827 and attributed to José Manuel Restrepo, projected the grand history of the independence wars fought and decisively won by Simón Bolívar for the Colombian Republic. To best understand the historical context and meaning of the two printed maps, we must situate them within the fast-paced geopolitical changes that occurred in the early nineteenth century as the Spanish Atlantic monarchy began to dissolve. These little-known, understudied maps offer a visual archive of information that helps us better see the grand imperial designs and republican territorial desires that sprung from the Spanish imperial crisis and just how contingent those purportedly permanent visions actually were.

Keywords:   cartography, Colombia, decolonization, independence, José Manuel Restrepo, Simón Bolívar, Francisco de Miranda, South America

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