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Alcedo

CONTEXT

The LatAm project is an international collaboration of digital humanities scholars from Brumfield Labs, LLILAS Benson, World Historical Gazetteer, and CONICET. This project has been awarded with a Resource Development Grant by Pelagios Commons.

OBJECTIVE

Build a digital version of Alcedo's gazetteer

CORPUS

Source: archive.org

Content: place names of Latin America with geographical/historical description

Spanish version:

English translation:

  • 1812
  • George Alexander Thompson's Geographical and Historical Dictionary of America and the West Indies
  • contais substantial expansions and updates

COMMENTS

  • at the end of volumes 1 &3 there are 'addiciones & correcciones' sections
  • at the end of vol 5 there are sections for 'provincias' and 'vocabulario'
  • the Diccionario is of place names, not places really. A name can refer to several places, from a nearby river to a settlement in another country.
  • some entries have very large text sections with details about people, events (lists of OBISPOS, CAPITANES, etc)