Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846–1948 / Edition 1

Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846–1948 / Edition 1

by Nancy P. Appelbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 082233092X

ISBN-13: 9780822330929

Pub. Date: 04/07/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Colombia’s western Coffee Region is renowned for the whiteness of its inhabitants, who are often described as respectable pioneer families who domesticated a wild frontier and planted coffee on the forested slopes of the Andes. Some local inhabitants, however, tell a different tale—of white migrants rapaciously usurping the lands of indigenous and black

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Colombia’s western Coffee Region is renowned for the whiteness of its inhabitants, who are often described as respectable pioneer families who domesticated a wild frontier and planted coffee on the forested slopes of the Andes. Some local inhabitants, however, tell a different tale—of white migrants rapaciously usurping the lands of indigenous and black communities. Muddied Waters examines both of these legends, showing how local communities, settlers, speculators, and politicians struggled over jurisdictional boundaries and the privatization of communal lands in the creation of the Coffee Region. Viewing the emergence of this region from the perspective of Riosucio, a multiracial town within it, Nancy P. Appelbaum reveals the contingent and contested nature of Colombia’s racialized regional identities.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Colombian elite intellectuals, Appelbaum contends, mapped race onto their mountainous topography by defining regions in racial terms. They privileged certain places and inhabitants as white and modern and denigrated others as racially inferior and backward. Inhabitants of Riosucio, however, elaborated local narratives about their mestizo and indigenous identities that contested the white mystique of the Coffee Region. Ongoing violent conflicts over land and politics, Appelbaum finds, continue to shape local debates over history and identity. Drawing on archival and published sources complemented by oral history, Muddied Waters vividly illustrates the relationship of mythmaking and racial inequality to regionalism and frontier colonization in postcolonial Latin America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822330929
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Riosucio: Race, Colonization, Region, and Community1
Pt. 1Country of Regions, 1846-1886
1Beauty and the Beast: Antioquia and Cauca31
2"Accompanied by Progress": Cauca Intermediaries and Antioqueno Migration52
3"By Consent of the Indigenas": Riosucio's Indigenous Communities80
Pt. 2The White Republic, 1886-1930
4Regenerating Riosucio: Regeneration and the Transition to Conservative Rule107
5Regenerating Conflict: Riosucio's Indigenas in the White Republic124
6Riosucio on the Margins of the "Model Department"142
Pt. 3Remembering Race, Region, and Community
7Remembering Riosucio: Imagining a Mestizo Community167
8Remembering San Lorenzo: Imagining an Indigenous Community184
Conclusion: Reimagining Region and Nation206
Notes221
Bibliography267
Index287

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