This fascinating collection of some 15 studies, put together by Michel Bertrand and Laurent Vidal, delves into what the editors call the “rediscovery of the Americas” by nineteenth-century European travelers, excluding the famous journey of Alexander von Humboldt. It thus deals with the travelers, discoverers, and conquerors of the period and how these men—often scientists, but sometimes simply adventurers—found and described several regions of Hispanic America from various angles.

In the introduction, the editors explain their project and the meaning of “rediscovery,” influenced by Edmundo O’Gorman’s discussion of the “invention” of America. Following on the exploits of such men as Charles de la Condamine and Alexander von Humboldt, the “rediscoverers” discussed in this volume were all heirs to the new interpretation of American reality by the illustrious Prussian scientist. They thus continued the hard work of overcoming ignorance and prejudice in order to convey to their readers this new reality...

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