Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest

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Robert Southey did not exaggerate when he described the England of his day as South American mad. As Spain's hold on its colonies progressively weakened during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, thousands of British scientists, soldiers, entrepreneurs, and settlers rushed to take advantage of the enticing opportunities Spanish America offered. Britain's fascination with the region displayed itself in poems, plays, operas, political tracts, news reportage, travel narratives, and stock market quotations. ...