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Edge of EmpireAtlantic Networks and Revolution in Bourbon Río de la Plata$
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Fabrício Prado

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285156

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285156.001.0001

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Changing Toponymy and the Emergence of the Banda Oriental

Changing Toponymy and the Emergence of the Banda Oriental

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Edge of Empire

Fabrício Prado

University of California Press

Trans-imperial networks of trade, religion, and information in Rio de la Plata provoked changes in the imagined geography of the area, and written representations of the region reflect this spatial transformation. Because the Banda Oriental was a contested ground, agents of the Spanish, Portuguese, and British empires produced a plethora of information on the region. Between 1750 and 1813, the toponymy used to describe the region in written and cartographic material changed from Banda Norte to Montevideo’s Province to Banda Oriental. This process of information production shows spatial changes reflecting the emergence of Montevideo elites as imperial actors within the Rio de la Plata estuary.

Keywords:   Atlantic world, Banda Oriental, borderlands, travel literature, Rio de la Plata, geography, space

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