Brute New World: Rediscovery of Latin America in the Early 19th Century

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British Academic Press, 1992 - History - 226 pages

British and American soldiers, naval officers, mining engineers, merchants, businessmen and wealthy travellers flocked to the countries of Latin America following their independence from Spain and Portugal. Most such travellers were entirely ignorant of the continent and expected instant success: easy money, the cheap acquisition of fertile land, military glory or vast mineral wealth. Few of them realized their ambitions, for the overthrow of the old regimes had not brought peace, liberalism and the social conditions in which foreign investment could thrive. To their shock and disgust, they encountered the same civil strife, corruption, squalor and ""barbarism"", religious intolerance and petty jealousies that had prevailed in earlier centuries.

The experiences of these travellers, as noted in their diaries, journals and letters, are presented in this book. It should be of interest to modern-day travellers as well as to historians and students of Latin America. A strength of the book is its coverage of political, business and civilian history as well as military life, throughout the continent.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The United Provinces of the River Plate Chapter 2 Chile Chapter 3 Peru and Bolivia Chapter 4 Gran Colombia
89
Mexico
133
Brazil
155
Conclusion
175
Abbreviations
185
Notes and references
187
Bibliography
209
Index
217
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