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Passage to America, 1799–1804

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.003.0003
Passage to America, 1799–1804

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This chapter details Humboldt's journey from Spain to America. Humboldt traveled not from country to country but through a planetary field of geological, historical, and environmental forces. His coordinates were not political but bioregional: rivers, mountain passes, coastlines, trails, and roads. It is seldom clear exactly what “country” he is in, as he sifts and compares, moving up, down, and across both spatial and temporal scale levels, continents and eons, on the alert for harmonies and resonances he can test to see if they might justly be called laws.

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt; Spain; America; journey; travel

Chapter.  21734 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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