Unearthing Forgotten Perspectives

on 19th Century Latin America

Mapping Mexican History

Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question

The maps presented here serve as visual histories of Mexican territory, culture, and identity through three centuries of transformation. Through image and text, these documents trace the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in Mexico’s evolution from colonial territory to modern state.

Formation of State, Subject and Self

in 19th-Century Latin America

This exhibit reveals the region’s tumultuous and transformative 19th-century journeys towards the formation (s) of State, Subject and Self.

A Work in Progress

Latin America's 19th Century

The exhibit begins with the dissolution of Spain’s Atlantic Monarchy in 1808 and continues into the early 20th century, tracing out how revolutions in technology, medicine, and political systems transformed lives, communities, and places.

Santa Anna in Life and Legend

This exhibit explores the history of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876), a colossal figure in Mexico’s post-independence politics with a legacy of losing half the nation’s territory to the United States.

Bureaucracy on the Ground in Colonial Mexico

A Window into the Visita of 1765

This exhibition explores the localized consequences of the royal inspection, or visita general, administered by José de Gálvez in New Spain from 1765-1771.