Book ID: CBB015018331

Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America (2020)


Jeffrey Alan Erbig (Author)

University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2020
Language: English

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 259

During the late eighteenth century, Portugal and Spain sent joint mapping expeditions to draw a nearly 10,000-mile border between Brazil and Spanish South America. These boundary commissions were the largest ever sent to the Americas and coincided with broader imperial reforms enacted throughout the hemisphere. Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met considers what these efforts meant to Indigenous peoples whose lands the border crossed. Moving beyond common frameworks that assess mapped borders strictly via colonial law or Native sovereignty, it examines the interplay between imperial and Indigenous spatial imaginaries. What results is an intricate spatial history of border making in southeastern South America (present-day Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay) with global implications. Drawing upon manuscripts from over two dozen archives in seven countries, Jeffrey Erbig traces on-the-ground interactions between Ibero-American colonists, Jesuit and Guarani mission-dwellers, and autonomous Indigenous peoples as they responded to ever-changing notions of territorial possession. It reveals that Native agents shaped when and where the border was drawn, and fused it to their own territorial claims. While mapmakers' assertions of Indigenous disappearance or subjugation shaped historiographical imaginations thereafter, Erbig reveals that the formation of a border was contingent upon Native engagement and authority.

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Fernández Martín, José Cándido
Clark, Rex M.
Costa, Kelerson Semerene
Crawford, Matthew James
Eamon, William C.
Gimmel, Millie
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Medical History
University of California, Berkeley
Berghahn Books
Indiana University Press
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación de Cádiz
University of New Mexico Press
Spain, colonies
Portugal, colonies
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Mutis, José Celestino
Cruz, Martín de la
Hernández, Francisco
Humboldt, Alexander von
João Daniel
Zilsel, Edgar
Time Periods
18th century
16th century
17th century
Early modern
19th century
South America
North America
Amazon River Region (South America)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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