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This course will explore the role the writings of Anglo-American travelers had in the creation of modern North and South America. Through creating and perpetuating stereotypes about political institutions, nature, race, class, and civilization, travelers played an integral role in crafting an image of the Americas that still prevails in popular culture. During the nineteenth century, an avid reading public eagerly awaited reports from businessmen, scientists, society mavens, and missionaries on the increasingly accessible reaches of the North American West and Latin America. The combination of technological advances, naturalist scientific interest, and increasing business investment all made Latin America both accessible and desirable location for travel.