Jeffrey A. Erbig, Jr.

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PhD Candidate

Major Field: Latin American History
Other Fields: 
Global History
Kathryn J. Burns

BA Messiah College
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
MA Thesis: “Forging Frontiers: Félix de Azara and the Making of the Virreinato del Río de la Plata”

Research Interests (en español | em português)

For my dissertation project, I examine the Luso-Hispanic mapping expeditions commissioned under the 1750 Treaty of Madrid and the 1777 Treaty of San Ildefonso. I focus specifically on the relationship between geographers and native peoples in the Río de la Plata region, an area that covers present-day Uruguay, southern Brazil, northeastern Argentina, and eastern Paraguay. On one hand, I investigate the ways in which Iberian mapmakers relied upon local knowledge and informants to negotiate political sovereignty and map the region’s multiethnic landscape. On the other hand, I consider the conflict between this initiative to produce a fixed imperial border and the nomadic lifestyle of many the region’s inhabitants.

Some of the keywords, and central themes, of my work include: Félix de Azara, charrúas, minuanes, cartography, mapping, Batoví, Chuy, Yapeyú, and contrabando.

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