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by Alexander Von Humboldt

  • Author: Alexander Von Humboldt
  • ISBN: 1558762434
  • ISBN13: 978-1558762435
  • ePub: 1850 kb | FB2: 1770 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Americas
  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers (March 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 280
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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The Island of Cuba: A Political Essay ePub download

Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. Baron Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany. During his early school years, he studied such subjects as geology, biology, metallurgy, and mining, and his main interest was in nature and other lands.

Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. In 1796 Humboldt traveled to the German Alps, where he measured the atmospheric pressure, humidity, and oxygen content of the air. Shortly after, in 1799, he was granted permission by the Spanish king to explore Spain's mysterious holdings in the Americas.

But his visit to Cuba during this time yielded observations that extended far beyond the natural world. HumboldtOCOs most controversial book, "Political Essay on the Island of Cuba" was banned, censored, and willfully mistranslated to suppress HumboldtOCOs strong antislavery sentiments.

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Appears in 23 books from 1809-1966. Alexander von Humboldt. Translated by. John Black.

The Island of Cuba: a political essay. Translated from the Spanish with notes and preliminary essays by JS Thrasher. A viagem que revelou a biodiversidade. Humboldt’s Gift: a geographer in profile. Mercartor’s World, [. In Europe an increased knowledge of the “New World” was connected with the privately funded journey, which served purely scientific purposes and had nothing to do with the exploration and exploitation of natural resources.

Alexander von Humboldt From the Americas to the Cosmos Coordinated by: Raymond Erickson Mauricio A. Font Brian Schwartz Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies The Graduate Center, The City University of New York iii Contents List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments. Font Brian Schwartz Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies The Graduate Center, The City University of New York iii Contents List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments Preface Part I: Cantata 1 Humboldt, Mendelssohnm, and Musical Unity R. Larry Todd 2 Willkommen! Text by Ludwig Rellstab Part II: Culture and Society in the New World 3 Faith and the Conquest José Gabriel Brauchy 4 Humboldt en la Nueva España Jaime Labastida 5 A ‘Romantic’ Encounter with Latin Ameri.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science. He was the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography

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This book remains an up-to date and engrossing document more than one hundred fifty years after its initial publication. The Island of Cuba is a key source for studies of 19th-centruy Cuba and slavery in the Caribbean, and has appeared in translated editions throughout the world.

Humboldt's description of the island, which brings together the fields of anthropology, geography, agriculture, demographics, commerce, and communications, provides a context in which to trace the history of Cuba-U.S. relations as well as a basis for modern Cuban studies.

Cubans celebrate Humboldt as the second "discoverer" of the island (after Columbus), and the controversial publication history of this book mirrors Cuba's history. The Spanish version was banned in colonial Cuba, and the American translation created an international controversy because of the translator J.S. Thrasher's open call for the American annexation of Cuba. Thrasher also deleted a chapter in which Humboldt condemned slavery, in order to please the pro-slavery party.

This new edition restores the missing chapter on slavery in a new translation and provides the text of the letter by Humboldt condemning the omission as well as Thrasher's response (both published in the New York Daily Times) and his polemical preface. Luis Martinez-Fernandez analyzes the publication history of Humboldt's book on Cuba, including an anniversary edition published under Fidel Castro, and follows the Cuban point of view on Humboldt over the course of the book's multifaceted history.

This book is a modern reprint of a book translated from Spanish and French texts and edited by J.S. Thrasher in 1856. Thrasher also provides a long (95 page) essay on von Humboldt's observations on Cuba. Let me note in passing that I can't make sense of the earlier Amazon review of this book. Its author writes as though he is not aware that von Humboldt lived from 1769 to 1859 and is widely regarded as a great pioneer of oceanography, biogeography and other fields.

I had heard much about Alexander von Humboldt from college studies in geology and later but never read anything by him until buying this book. I was completely overwhelmed. In my experience, and I've made a special study of scientific and technical advances from the 17th Century to the present, von Humboldt may be the most many-sided scientist-naturalist in history (possibly excepting Aristotle). To judge from his writings on Cuba, nothing he observed and wrote about was not examined to the degree of detail possible, not only through his own observations, but by his remarkable resourcefulness in pulling out every possible piece of information from data sources of his time.

Von Humboldt's travels to Latin America from 1799 to 1804 ended with travel to North America (including intensive discussions about science with President Thomas Jefferson) before returning to Europe. He spent only a few months in Cuba, so that all of the data in the book after 1804, with references as late as 1846, must be from later sources.

Von Humboldt begins with an overview of the general comparative geography and political history in the northern Caribbean. He then adds summaries of the populations in historical context, pointing out questions of the validity of some data. He makes a special point of noting puzzling conflicts in data about the earliest estimates of native populations and absence of Indians later (contrasted with continental Central America). Recent authors like Jared Diamond (in his book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, have pointed out that native populations in North America are now believed to have been much larger than earlier estimates in the 17th and early 18th century up through the 20th Century - because native populations were decimated by European diseases through indirect transmissions even before tribes ever encountered a white man. It appears that Humboldt's data point to the likelihood that in addition to brutal treatment by early Spanish conquistadors disease and suicide may have helped eradicate native Indian populations on Cuba.

v.H. has a later chapter on slavery, giving detailed statistics on racial distributions. The author abhors slavery and refers critically to its practice in America. He notes that at least Cuba had the most liberal policy for slaves buying or otherwise gaining freedom in the colonized slave-employing area.

Von Humboldt describes geology, vulcanology, mineralogy, and soils distribution of Cuba, followed by botany and physical properties. Von Humboldt not only provides detailed temperature and barometric statistics but was the first to attempt a quantitative latititudinal temperature and magnetic zonation of the earth, based in part on own observations. To gauge these other of his great syntheses remember that there was no Google, no published library catalogues or interlibrary loan services in the early 18th Century!

It's difficult for me to put in words that may not seem like overkill my impression of von Humboldt's modern (in the best sense) way of writing, with emphasis on compiling comprehensive and precise detail (to the degree possible) on human affairs - populations, disease, economy and trade, social and political status and practices, history, as well as the natural science of the Island of Cuba. We are now used to scientists limiting themselves to their discipline - though the benefits of broadened perspectives are well demonstrated by Diamond and a few others. Add Humboldt's clearly expressed opinions about human values (completely admirable to my mind) and you have an individual that I'd put ahead of "Renaissance man" - which implies a set of qualities largely limited to skills and interests, not necessarily including concern for the human condition.
Unique perspective of the dictator-plagued island from
days of Spanish colony- mid 1800s--- German anthropologist
goes into exhausting (that is the key word) details about
Geology and Sociology. As a Cuban, I learned a lot from it.
A most meticulous study of agriculture a ,finances and politic of the nineteen century Cuba. It is a must to read by any one interested in its culture and financial development.
Great to have an English translation of this historic account of the geography of Cuba early in the 19th century
It purports to be a detached and far-reaching analysis of the social history of Cuba. Like many nineteenth century histories, it's most interesting to my purposes for the (frequent) points that it falls down in this stance, the points where von Humboldt shows his moralistic assumptions, his preconceptions on race, his casual gendering of power and class.

Judged as a piece of writing in itself, I don't accept a lot of the specific claims von Humboldt makes, or indeed the larger pattern of history he traces. That's really due to a rejection of the underlying pattern of nineteenth century modernity rather than specific faults with him, though, and censuring his work as a failure is unduly harsh. It doesn't capture anything like the angle of complexity involved with Cuba and its political structures, though, and the flawed interpretation participated in a wider discourse that historians now seek to assess and contextualize.

Moving apart from larger content and historiography, it does benefit from decent prose (in translation) and a fairly good structuring of the main conclusion. This piece is only ever going to be an interest to specialists, however, and for reasons that are really beyond any aesthetic recommendation I'd offer. Just don't take it at face value as a descriptive account.
Excellent view of Cuba in the early 19th century, her geographical advantage at the mouth of the American Mediterranean (Gulf of Mexico) before there was aviation, modern Florida, etc. Location, location, location plus good ports, bays, etc.
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