Article ID: CBB001551587

Green Treasures and Paper Floras: The Business of Mutis in New Granada (1783--1808) (2014)


Marcaida, José Ramón (Author)
Pimentel, Juan (Author)

History of Science
Volume: 52, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 277-296

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Part of a series: Accumulation and Management in Global Historical Perspective
Language: English

This paper explores the endeavours of José Celestino Mutis before and during his directorship of the Royal Botanical Expedition to the New Kingdom of Granada (1783-1816). Firstly, it will consider various aspects of Mutis' activities as a naturalist and entrepreneur, in particular his efforts to promote the identification and commercial exploitation of three natural products associated with the Viceroyalty of New Granada: quina, cinnamon, and tea. Secondly, the paper will focus on the complex dynamics of the expedition's artistic workshop, whose outcome was the monumental compilation of botanical illustrations known as the Flora de Bogotá. The overall aim is to offer a reflection on the challenges posed by the practices of accumulation and management in the context of a scientific expedition inspired by the new policies of the reformist movement in Spain and designed to make profit out of the nature of the New World and its knowledge.

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Authors & Contributors
Bleichmar, Daniela
Gutiérrez, Alberto Gómez
Fernández Martín, José Cándido
Molina-Betancur, Sebastián
Harris, Stephen A.
Wilson, Edward O.
Postcolonial Studies
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Journal of Medical Biography
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
History of Science
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bodleian Library
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Chicago Press
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación de Cádiz
Manchester University Press
Spain, colonies
Scientific expeditions
Natural history
Visual representation; visual communication
Scientific illustration
Mutis, José Celestino
Sibthorp, John
Pavon, José
Moreno y Escandón, Francisco Antonio (1736-1792)
Banks, Joseph
Michaux, André
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
South America
New Granada (Spanish colony)
Great Britain
Mediterranean region

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