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Mapping the "Country of Regions": Agustin Codazzi and the 19th-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission
Nancy Appelbaum, SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton

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Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Comission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Comission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia
Author: Nancy P. Appelbaum
Abstract: The nineteenth century was an era of breathtakingly ambitious geographic expeditions across the Americas. The seminal Chorographic Commission of Colombia, which began in 1850 and lasted about a decade, was one of Latin America's most extensive. The commission's mandate was to define and map the young republic and its resources with an eye toward modernization. In this history of the commission, Nancy P. Appelbaum focuses on the geographers' fieldwork practices and visual production as the men traversed the mountains, savannahs, and forests of more than thirty provinces in order to delineate the country's territorial and racial composition. Their assumptions and methods, Appelbaum argues, contributed to a long-lasting national imaginary. What jumps out of the commission's array of reports, maps, sketches, and paintings is a portentous tension between the marked differences that appeared before the eyes of the geographers in the field and the visions of sameness to which they aspired. The commissioners and their patrons believed that a prosperous republic required a unified and racially homogeneous population, but the commission's maps and images paradoxically emphasized diversity and helped create a "country of regions." By privileging the whiter inhabitants of the cool Andean highlands over those of the boiling tropical lowlands, the commission left a lasting but problematic legacy for today's Colombians.
Year: 2016
Primary URL: https://web-b-ebscohost-com.proxy.binghamton.edu/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/bmxlYmtfXzEwNzQ5MDZfX0FO0?sid=1b639aa5-137f-49f3-8444-a26714d2e403@sessionmgr120&vid=0&format=EB&rid=1
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-1-4696-274
Copy sent to NEH?: No

“Reading the Past on the Mountainsides of Colombia: Mid-Nineteenth- Century Patriotic Geology, Archaeology, and Historiography.” (Article) [show prizes]
Title: “Reading the Past on the Mountainsides of Colombia: Mid-Nineteenth- Century Patriotic Geology, Archaeology, and Historiography.”
Title: “Reading the Past on the Mountainsides of Colombia: Mid-Nineteenth- Century Patriotic Geology, Archaeology, and Historiography.”
Author: Nancy P. Appelbaum
Abstract: The mid-nineteenth-century Colombian Chorographic Commission drew on geology, archaeology, and history to project a patriotic past onto the Andean landscape of the young republic then known as New Granada. This geographic expedition, led initially by Agustin Codazzi and Manuel Ancizar, explored and mapped the country from 1850 to 1859. For the commissioners and their associates among the creole elite, the history of past epochs was 'written' on the mountainsides for scientific travelers such as themselves to 'read.' They portrayed disparate historical and prehistoric events as overlapping and interrelated. The commission's texts and images linked a catastrophic interpretation of geologic origins to historia patria (patriotic history). The commissioners merged the wars of conquest and independence into a two-act drama enacted on a singular territorial stage. Their reading of geologic, archaeological, and historical evidence endowed the impoverished young Republic of New Granada with a grandiose territory, a great precursor civilization, and a legacy of patriotic resistance to imperialism. Their interpretations, however, would prove controversial. During the second half of the nineteenth century, debates over geology, archaeology, and history reflected conflicting Liberal and Conservative political projects. Moreover, the midcentury intellectuals failed to incorporate contemporaneous indigenous and poor citizens into an imagined national community based on the ideal of a shared historical memory embedded on a readable landscape.
Year: 2013
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Hispanic American Historical Review
Publisher: Duke University Press

“Envisioning the Nation: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission," in State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: Republics of the Possible (Book Section)
Title: “Envisioning the Nation: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission," in State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: Republics of the Possible
Author: Nancy P. Appelbaum
Editor: Miguel A. Centeno and Agustín E. Ferraro
Abstract: Book abstract: The growth of institutional capacity in the developing world has become a central theme in twenty-first-century social science. Many studies have shown that public institutions are an important determinant of long-run rates of economic growth. This book argues that to understand the difficulties and pitfalls of state building in the contemporary world, it is necessary to analyze previous efforts to create institutional capacity in conflictive contexts. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the process of state and nation building in Latin America and Spain from independence to the 1930s. The book examines how Latin American countries and Spain tried to build modern and efficient state institutions for more than a century - without much success. The Spanish and Latin American experience of the nineteenth century was arguably the first regional stage on which the organizational and political dilemmas that still haunt states were faced. This book provides an unprecedented perspective on the development and contemporary outcome of those state and nation-building projects.
Year: 2013
Primary URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139342667
Access Model: Hardcover and paperback book; ebook
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: Republics of the Possible
ISBN: 9781107029866

Dibujar la nación: La Comisión Corográfica en la Colombia del siglo XIX. (Book)
Title: Dibujar la nación: La Comisión Corográfica en la Colombia del siglo XIX.
Author: Nancy P. Appelbaum
Abstract: El siglo XIX fue una era de ambiciosas expediciones geográficas en las Américas. La Comisión Corográfica colombiana, que empezó en 1850 y duró casi diez años, fue una de las más influyentes de América Latina. Su objetivo era delimitar y cartografiar la joven nación y sus recursos naturales con la idea de contribuir a su modernización. En esta historia de la Comisión Corográfica, Nancy P. Appelbaum se concentra en las prácticas en el trabajo de campo y la producción visual de los geógrafos a medida que iban atravesando montañas, llanuras y bosques de más de treinta provincias con el fin de definir la composición territorial y racial del país. Sus suposiciones y sus métodos contribuyeron a moldear un imaginario nacional que se ha mantenido hasta nuestros días. El acopio de reportes, mapas, bocetos y dibujos de la Comisión hace evidente una enorme tensión entre las marcadas diferencias que observaban los geógrafos en su trabajo de campo y las ideas de homogenización a las cuales aspiraban. Quienes participaron en la Comisión y sus patrocinadores creían que una república próspera requería una población unificada y homogénea, pero, paradójicamente, sus mapas y pinturas ponían énfasis en la diversidad del país y ayudaron a crear un «país de regiones».
Year: 2017
Primary URL: https://ediciones.uniandes.edu.co/Paginas/DetalleLibro.aspx?lid=811
Access Model: Paperback and ebook
Publisher: Universidad de lo Andes and Fondo de Cultura Económica
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978958774495
Translator: Juan Manuel Pombo

"Una aproximación a la Comisión Corográfica desde la perspectiva de género" (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "Una aproximación a la Comisión Corográfica desde la perspectiva de género"
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Keynote lecture for Simposio Internacional "Colombia, siglo XIX: viajes, intercambios y otras formas de circulación" at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia
Date: 4/3/19
Primary URL: https://musica.uniandes.edu.co/noticia/asi-fue-el-simposio-internacional-colombia-siglo-xix-viajes-intercambios-y-otras-formas-de-circulacion/
Conference Name: Simposio Internacional "Colombia, siglo XIX: viajes, intercambios y otras formas de circulación"

"Entre lo local y la nacional: escribiendo la historia de la región en Colombia" (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "Entre lo local y la nacional: escribiendo la historia de la región en Colombia"
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Keynote lecture at Simposio colombiano de historia regional y local at Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia
Date: 10/19/18
Conference Name: Simposio colombiano de historia regional y local

"Construir la nación andina decimonónica negando el trópico: Perspectivas de la Comisión Corográfica sobre las tierras altas y el Pacífico" (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "Construir la nación andina decimonónica negando el trópico: Perspectivas de la Comisión Corográfica sobre las tierras altas y el Pacífico"
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: One of two keynote lectures at the Encuentro de Estudiantes y Egresados de la Maestría en Historia de la Universidad del Valle y de la Maestría en Estudios Sociales y Políticos de la Universida Icesi at Universidad del Valle and Universidad Icesi in Cali, Columbia
Date: 6/9/17
Conference Name: Encuentro de Estudiantes y Egresados de la Maestría en Historia de la Universidad del Valle y de la Maestría en Estudios Sociales y Políticos de la Universida Icesi

"Envisioning a Post-Emancipation Racial Landscape: The Chorographic Commission in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombia" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Envisioning a Post-Emancipation Racial Landscape: The Chorographic Commission in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombia"
Abstract: Invited lecture at Dartmouth University
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Date: 9/14/17
Location: Dartmouth University (Hanover, NH)

"Mapping the Country of Regions: How the Nineteenth-Century Chorographic Commission of Colombia Envisioned the Nation" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Mapping the Country of Regions: How the Nineteenth-Century Chorographic Commission of Colombia Envisioned the Nation"
Abstract: Lecture at the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series in Visual Culture at Binghamton University
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Date: 10/1/14
Location: Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)

“Hacia un país de regiones: heterogeneidad y homogeneidad en las representaciones de la Comisión Corográfica” (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: “Hacia un país de regiones: heterogeneidad y homogeneidad en las representaciones de la Comisión Corográfica”
Abstract: Invited lecture at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Date: 6/2/10
Location: Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia)

“The Colombian Chorographic Commission as a Gendered Enterprise, 1850-1859” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “The Colombian Chorographic Commission as a Gendered Enterprise, 1850-1859”
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Research presentation given at the Southern Historical Association/Latin American and Caribbean Section Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama
Date: 11/10/18
Conference Name: Southern Historical Association/Latin American and Caribbean Section Annual Meeting

“Visualizing black granadinos in the 1850s: The Chorographic Commission of Colombia” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “Visualizing black granadinos in the 1850s: The Chorographic Commission of Colombia”
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Research presentation given at the conference on “Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th Centuries" at the Institute of Latin American Studies in London
Date: 5/29/18
Conference Name: “Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th Centuries”

“Seeing the National Territory through the Eyes of Others: The Colombian Chorographic Commission in Casanare” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “Seeing the National Territory through the Eyes of Others: The Colombian Chorographic Commission in Casanare”
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Research presentation given at the symposium entitled “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of Cartographic Exploration in the Americas" at the Newberry Library in Chicago
Date: 6/20/13
Conference Name: “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of Cartographic Exploration in the Americas”

“Toward a Country of Regions: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “Toward a Country of Regions: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission”
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Research presentation given at the Paper Leviathans project at Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain
Date: 9/11/10
Conference Name: Paper Leviathans project

“Seeing the Nation’s Past on the Mountainsides of New Granada: The Chorographic Commission’s Invocation of History, Prehistory, and Geology” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “Seeing the Nation’s Past on the Mountainsides of New Granada: The Chorographic Commission’s Invocation of History, Prehistory, and Geology”
Author: Nancy Appelbaum
Abstract: Research presentation given at the symposium entitled “Seeing the Nation: Cartography and Politics in Spanish America" at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia
Date: 8/26/10
Conference Name: “Seeing the Nation: Cartography and Politics in Spanish America”


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