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Political Essay on the Island of Cuba: A Critical Edition

Alexander von Humboldt, Vera M. Kutzinski, and Ottmar Ette


The research Alexander von Humboldt amassed during his five-year trek through the Americas in the early nineteenth century proved foundational to the fields of botany, geography, and geology. But his visit to Cuba during this time yielded observations that extended far beyond the natural world—this book is a physical and cultural study of the island nation. In it, Humboldt denounces colonial slavery on both moral and economic grounds and stresses the vital importance of improving intercultural relations throughout the Americas. This was Humboldt's most controversial book—it was banned, censore ... More

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt, Cuba, botany, geography, geology, colonial slavery, antislavery, humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226465678
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226465685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander von Humboldt, author

Vera M. Kutzinski, editor

Ottmar Ette, editor