A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives About Travel to South by Angela Perez-Mejia, Dick Cluster

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He never felt the work was completed nor gave his text a final shape, never felt he was ready to return from paradise and tell what he had seen. His exhaustive output remained in perpetual transit between the patrimonies of Spain and Nueva Granada/Colombia, in a sort of limbo that even now is also MUTIS 21 home to his name. After the triumph of Independence all his physical works were sent to Spain by order of the crown, but it is in Colombia that he is remembered as a founding father. 7 Mutis departed for America in 1760 in the capacity of private physician to the viceroy Pedro Messía de la Cerda.

It was he who decided on the divisions into which the text is organized, taking into account the intervals in which Mutis stopped writing. The journal is divided this way: voyage from Cádiz to Madrid in 1760; voyage from Cádiz to Cartagena de Indias in 1760; voyage from Cartagena de Indias to Santa Fe de Bogotá in 1761; Journal of Observations in Santa Fe de Bogotá in 1762; and voyage from Santa Fe to Cartagena de Indias from 1763 to 1764. Between 1766 and 1782, Mutis wrote in disorganized fashion and undertook various travels within the country, about which he maintained an erratic observation journal.

His exhaustive output remained in perpetual transit between the patrimonies of Spain and Nueva Granada/Colombia, in a sort of limbo that even now is also MUTIS 21 home to his name. After the triumph of Independence all his physical works were sent to Spain by order of the crown, but it is in Colombia that he is remembered as a founding father. 7 Mutis departed for America in 1760 in the capacity of private physician to the viceroy Pedro Messía de la Cerda. Twenty-eight years would pass before his pleas for the crown to patronize his scientific dream would be heard.

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