The Pilgrimage of Alpha (Manuel Ancízar) in the Northern Provinces of New Granada, 1850–51
Peregrinación de Alpha (Manuel Ancízar) por las provincias del norte de la Nueva Granada, en 1850 i 51 (The pilgrimage of Alpha (Manuel Ancízar) in the northern provinces of New Granada, 1850–51) consists of articles written by Manuel Ancízar (1812–82), published in book form in 1853. Ancízar, who wrote under the pseudonym Alpha, was secretary of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission) of New Granada (the Spanish viceroyalty that comprised all or parts of present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela). Formed in 1849, the commission included engineers and geographers and was tasked with studying the geography, cartography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of New Granada, as well as the relationship of the people to the church. Ancízar presents a detailed view of the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá, and Santander, which he visited in his work for the commission. His book is considered a milestone in the study of social change in Colombia as well as an important work of literature. Ancízar, who was a lawyer, journalist, politician, and educator, was a strong advocate of the press and the free flow of information. In 1847 he founded the newspaper El Neogranadino and a publishing house under the same name. He was one of the founders of the National University of Colombia and its first dean. Presented here is the first edition copy of Peregrinación de Alpha that belonged to Marco Fidel Suárez (1855–1927), president of Colombia in 1918–21.
Echeverría Brothers, Bogota
Title in Original Language
Peregrinación de Alpha (Manuel Ancízar) por las provincias del norte de la Nueva Granada, en 1850 i 51
Type of Item
524 pages ; 16 centimeters
Last updated: March 7, 2014