Historia Crítica. 01/2009;
ABSTRACT: This article analyzes three maps included in a lawsuit between two people who solicited a land grant (merced) in the Province of Santa Marta at the end of the eighteenth century. The land grants were part of a series of measures that sought to reorder the territory recently expropriated from the Chimila Indians in order to reinforce colonial control over it. The manner in which the maps produced geometric space, defined by private property, was by the system of metes and bounds. But despite this shared order, differences between the maps reveal how people used them to suit to their legal interests. Based on the enigmatic figure of the ‘forest’, the article explores the limits of colonial cartography. While ‘metes and bounds’ signified territorial order, the ‘forest’ implied disorder.
Historia Crítica. 01/2007;
Historia crítica, ISSN 0121-1617, Nº. 38, 2009 (Ejemplar dedicado a: Objetos y mercancias en la historia (I)), pags. 208-214.
Historia Crítica (Colombia ) Num.40.