Thursday, November 12, 2015-St. Augustine Center, Room 300
12:00-1:30, Lunch will be provided
Venezuela remained for years one of only a handful of Provinces in Colonial Spanish America without printing press. The lack of a printing press until 1808, however, did not prevent the Venezuelan public from reading, transcribing, or exchanging ideas during the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions. Between 1789 and 1808, several popular rebellions and political movements against colonial rule erupted in Venezuela, and shortly after the 1808 Spanish Monarchical crisis, Venezuela became one of the first South American nations to declare independence from Spain. What kind of information, ideas, and experiences fed the political imagination of Venezuelans? How did Venezuelan access these sources of information? My project explores these questions through the study of the circulation of information and the formation of political communities in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions.