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JARAMILLO, Andrés Estefane. The national influence of an imperial enterprise: the malaspina expedition (1789-1794) in republican Chile.Translated byCristina Labarca Cortés. Historia (Santiago) [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0717-7194.
The research done by members of the Malaspina Expedition (1789-1794) during their stay in Chile was not only useful in that same period, but also in post-colonial era. In 19th century, republican authorities had to recur to the information recompiled by the scientific expeditions of the Illustration - and especially that of Malaspina - to complete the lack of up to date information in geographical matters, to solve territorial disputes with neighboring countries and to start new explorations aimed to know the exact characteristics of regions recently joined to national sovereignty. The continuing recovery of the expeditions` registers create a new link between the last century of colonial domination and the first century of our republican history, a moment in which science would play a main role in the recuperation and reinterpretation of the meaning of geographical knowledge from the previous century.
Keywords : Traveller; geography; science; Republic.