2021 Virtual Lecture Series #3

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2021 Virtual Lecture Series, #3:  Professor Jordana Dym,Hiram Bingham in the footsteps of Simón Bolívar, from Caracas to Bogota, 1906-1907.” Discovery by historians is often imagined as solitary work in archives and libraries.  An alternate model of field research takes archival research as a starting point. This talk explores the practice of a young professor of Spanish American history, Hiram Bingham, best known for publicizing Incan archaeology, on his first ‘expedition’ to South America, in 1906 and 1907, for a two-part mapping project.  Bingham proposed to map key battles of Venezuelan independence leader Simón Bolívar and to determine whether, as Spanish American historians claimed, following an “impassable” road across Venezuela and Colombia was “as wonderful as the more famous marches of Hannibal and Napoleon [over the Alps].” Between developing his hypothesis and disseminating his conclusions, the Bingham case allows us to consider the intersections between history, travel and cartography at the beginning of the 20th century.  

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