IX. Mapping Latin America

Support of Instruction. We seek to assist our colleagues at USM in integrating maps into their courses by collecting items specifically related to the subject matter. Prof. David Carey has long held special classes in the map library for his courses on Latin American history. To assist his students, we have made it a point to acquire relevant maps and atlases, including the two atlases shown here.

The truly devastating wars of independence in Spanish America between 1808 and 1829 were followed by concerted attempts by the new governments to assert their authority over the territories to which they laid claim. A key element of this effort was the mapping and geographical study of those territories. Nineteenth-century Hispanic America accordingly witnessed repeated cartographic endeavors.