• An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada‚Äôs Transimperial Greater Caribbean World

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  • Acknowledgments  ix

    Introduction: Uncovering Other Possible Worlds  1

    Part I. Spatial Configurations

    1. Vessels: Routes, Size, and Frequency  23

    2. Sailors: Border Crossers and Region Makers  55

    Part II. Geopolitics and Geopolitical Imagination

    3. Maritime Indians, Cosmopolitan Indians  85

    4. Turning South before Swinging East  114

    5. Simón Bolivar's Caribbean Adventures  142

    6. An Andean-Atlantic Nation  172

    Conclusion: Of Alternative Geographies and Pausible Futures  204

    Appendixes  213

    Notes  243

    Bibliography  297

    Index  331
  • "Bassi’s transimperial greater Caribbean allows for new and valuable perspectives that specialists and advanced graduate students should read. Highly recommended."

    "An Aqueous Territory provides a valuable addition to Atlantic as well as Caribbean historiography, managing to address a wide variety of themes and topics in a fairly slender volume. The methodologies that Bassi employs and the painstaking detail with which he recreates sailor geographies will be of interest to readers seeking to learn more about transimperial networks, maritime spaces, and the ways in which mariners conceived of geographic space."

    "An interesting tour d’horizon of the conceptual and material worlds of the inhabitants of Spanish colonial New Granada and its independent successor states. . . . An Aqueous Territory is a sophisticated tour of a world whose inhabitants might have taken a different historical trajectory, who might have forged different polities. Although the author stops short of offering an alternative history, readers are left in little doubt that the material presented in this interesting book would provide an excellent basis for one."

    "By highlighting alternative geographies, Bassi upends traditional nation-state historiography. . . . The book is a welcome addition to historical monographs examining the greater Caribbean basin."

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  • "Bassi’s transimperial greater Caribbean allows for new and valuable perspectives that specialists and advanced graduate students should read. Highly recommended."

    "An Aqueous Territory provides a valuable addition to Atlantic as well as Caribbean historiography, managing to address a wide variety of themes and topics in a fairly slender volume. The methodologies that Bassi employs and the painstaking detail with which he recreates sailor geographies will be of interest to readers seeking to learn more about transimperial networks, maritime spaces, and the ways in which mariners conceived of geographic space."

    "An interesting tour d’horizon of the conceptual and material worlds of the inhabitants of Spanish colonial New Granada and its independent successor states. . . . An Aqueous Territory is a sophisticated tour of a world whose inhabitants might have taken a different historical trajectory, who might have forged different polities. Although the author stops short of offering an alternative history, readers are left in little doubt that the material presented in this interesting book would provide an excellent basis for one."

    "By highlighting alternative geographies, Bassi upends traditional nation-state historiography. . . . The book is a welcome addition to historical monographs examining the greater Caribbean basin."

  • "Ernesto Bassi breaks new ground by revealing alternative, unexplored, and failed political projects during the so-called Age of Revolutions, an era usually associated with anticolonial wars and the creation of modern nation-states. Carefully reconstructing circuits of trade and communication, Bassi subverts the very idea of regional history, making An Aqueous Territory appealing not just to Latin American and Caribbean historians, but to all those interested in transnational, global, and imperial history as well." — David Sartorius, author of, Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba

    "With captivating biographies of maritime figures and impressive empirical documentation An Aqueous Territory is an innovative, creative, and pioneering book that will find wide audiences among scholars of Caribbean, Atlantic, and Latin American history." — Matt D. Childs, author of, The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery

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    In An Aqueous Territory Ernesto Bassi traces the configuration of a geographic space he calls the transimperial Greater Caribbean between 1760 and 1860. Focusing on the Caribbean coast of New Granada (present-day Colombia), Bassi shows that the region's residents did not live their lives bounded by geopolitical borders. Rather, the cross-border activities of sailors, traders, revolutionaries, indigenous peoples, and others reflected their perceptions of the Caribbean as a transimperial space where trade, information, and people circulated, both conforming to and in defiance of imperial regulations. Bassi demonstrates that the islands, continental coasts, and open waters of the transimperial Greater Caribbean constituted a space that was simultaneously Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Danish, Anglo-American, African, and indigenous. Exploring the "lived geographies" of the region's dwellers, Bassi challenges preconceived notions of the existence of discrete imperial spheres and the inevitable emergence of independent nation-states while providing insights into how people envision their own futures and make sense of their place in the world.

    About The Author(s)

    Ernesto Bassi is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University.
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