The History Major Seminar is designed for advanced undergraduates to craft a major research paper in the discipline of history.  The theme for the Fall 2014 semester centered on “Mapped Encounters in Latin America.”  Projects considered the way institutions and social actors have deployed maps and mapmaking to fulfill social, political, economic, and religious goals.  What exactly do maps represent?  Is there a single language of cartography that everyone understands?  Are maps accurate and truthful?  In what context were maps produced and who produced them?  Students wrestled with these and other questions as they analyzed historical issues in Latin America and its broader connections to the Atlantic World, a complex region that has experienced conflict and accommodation among its Indian, European, African, and mixed-race communities. 

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