Mapping Nature in New Granada, 1739-1830

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Mapping Nature

Mapping Nature in New Granada is a project of digital humanities that seeks to develop an interactive visualization tool to navigate and analyze boundary changes, and the changing landscape of agriculture, mining, manufacture economies, and commercial communication networks between 1739 and 1830 in northern South America. The territories that formed the viceroyalty of New Granada are contemporary Colombia, Venezuela, Panamá and Ecuador.

Research Questions

  • How did colonial provincials exploited and/or imagined how to exploit the natural and geographic resources of their territory?
  • What was the relationship between shifting territorial demarcations and economic aspirations?
  • How did the crisis of the Spanish empire and the birth of the republic of Colombia affect this map of nature?

By developing a multilayered interactive map and linking it to a database of documents including economic writings, natural histories, territorial surveys, geographic descriptions, and cartography, this project creates an information visualization tool that will generate new knowledge of the political economy of the age of imperial dissolution.