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Frederico Santos Soares de Freitas
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27607)

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020

Boundaries of Nature: National Parks and Environmental Change at the Argentine-Brazilian Border, 1890-1990

A book-length study about the creation and legacy of twin national parks in Argentina and Brazil that border the majestic Iguazú Falls.

This study utilizes the creation of two border national parks, the Argentine Iguazú National Park (1934) and the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park (1939), as a window to understanding decades of territorial policy and social and environmental change at the Argentine-Brazilian border. It draws from a wide variety of untapped sources—government papers, interviews, maps, and historical aerial and satellite imagery—unearthed for my Ph.D. dissertation completed in 2016. In this project, I analyze the effects of the establishment of national parks on landscape and society, following shifts in environmental policy in Argentina and Brazil—from programs that combined nature conservation and frontier colonization to a new paradigm that set national parks in opposition to development. The result, after a year of work funded by an NEH fellowship, will be a book manuscript on the environmental history of the Argentine-Brazilian borderland.