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By Angela Perez-Mejia, Dick Cluster

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A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives About Travel to South America, 1780-1849

Unravels the wealthy complexities of the colonial commute adventure.

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By 1761 he is writing: I did not omit from journal some notes relative to Medicine, just as I have heard them from these people who daily put them into practice, as well as some other loose reflections about various vulgarities that prevail in Santa Fé among all classes of people. (Diario de observaciones, libro I: 87) For months he keeps up the stories of how diseases and the bites of tropical animals are treated, and little by little local knowledge comes to occupy a good many of his pages. At first he ends every story with comments that disqualify the narrated remedy, such as, “I cannot understand such medicine” (Diario de observaciones, libro I: 108), or, “a story very similar to many in this country, which deserve eternal disdain” (Diario de observaciones, libro I: 94).

To help us see this process, we can divide the text into three major parts. 12 The second part begins on April 29, 1783, when Mutis departs for Mariquita with his group of painters and plant collectors to begin the work of the Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada, which has been approved at last by the new viceroy. This part contains endless local expeditions, descriptions of the work of the group, and endless botanical reports. The final entry is for an unspecified day of 1790; the next-to-final one, from Mariquita in 1785.

The predictable may be confirmed: it was the native people who gave Mutis all his information about the methods of preparing quinine, something they used regularly. Although we can give assurances that we have not learned these ideas from anyone, we do try to base them upon some empirical practices, and upon other preparations which perhaps the Indians might make from this bark, which they would not have hidden so well had they not been constrained by longstanding tradition and their own experience of the infallible effects of this remedy.

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