A History of the Captaincy General of Guatemala

The Kingdom of Guatemala within the wider Spanish Americas, c.1600 (click image to enlarge) / Image by Giggette, Wikimedia Commons Colonization of the area that became the Captaincy General began in 1524. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.27.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The Captaincy General of Guatemala (Spanish: Capitanía General de Guatemala), also known as the Kingdom[…]

Machu Picchu: The ‘Lost City of the Incas’

Sunrise over Machu Picchu / Photo by Allen Schmidt, Wikimedia Commons Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, this site was brought to international attention by Yale University archaeologist Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered it in 1911. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.16.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Machu Picchu (Quechua language: Old Mountain; sometimes called[…]

What do “Pre-Columbian” and “Mesoamerica” Mean?

The routes of the four Voyages of Christopher Columbus, 1492-1504 to the Caribbean Islands and the coast of Central America (image: CC BY-SA 3.0) By Dr. Maya Jiménez / 08.19.2016 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History Borough of Manhattan Community College What does “pre-Columbian” mean? The original inhabitants of the Americas traveled across what is now known as the Bering Strait,[…]

Envisioning Alternate Futures: Nature in the Making of the Metropolis

Drawing of Alexander von Humboldt’s concept of Naturgemälde: “a microcosm in one page.” Published in Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland, Ideen zu einer Geographer der Planzen nebst einem Naturgemälde der Tropenländer (Tübingen: F.G. Cotta, Paris: F. Schoell, 1807). Source: Wikimedia Commons Creative thinking about the development of Latin American cities to inspire future urban planning. By[…]