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Humboldt’s Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See

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Ivani Vassoler

State University of New York, Fredonia
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Considering Alexander von Humboldt’s invaluable contribution to an in-depth understanding of the New World, it is somewhat a puzzle why the modern scholarly literature on the Americas pays little attention to the tenacious and talented Prussian scholar, who was among the top 19th century intellectuals. His inquisitive mind, adventurous spirit, and prolific writing expanded in unparalleled ways our knowledge of the New World. But even if his feat is regarded as the second discovery of the Americas, Humboldt’s contributions, as time went by, have largely fallen into oblivion, in a case of an almost inexplicable neglect, considering his gigantic effort to teach Europeans the culture and wealth of an incredible mass of land that they conquered but knew very little about it. In this sense Humboldt’s Cosmos’, by Gerard Helferich, is a welcome volume that not only brings to light a fresh perspective of Humboldt’s personality, but more importantly the book rescues forever the significance of his five-year scientific journey through the American continent.
How to Cite: Vassoler, I., (2008). Humboldt’s Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 21(1), pp.71–74. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/80
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Published on 01 Jan 2008.

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