in The Passage to Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226871820
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871844 | DOI:

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This chapter begins with a discussion of how Humboldt became a cultural hero to both Latin and North Americans, from the masses to the intelligentsia, by showing them how to imagine themselves as something more than offshoots of European ambition. He literally put America on the global map, positioning its history, nations, and resources in relation to the rest of the world, and drawing the detailed and extensive maps by which Americans could find, and know, themselves. This is followed by a brief biography of Humboldt. The chapter then reviews some of his writings.

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt; America; Europe; biography of Humboldt

Chapter.  16584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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