EAP 640: Digitising the documentary patrimony of Colombia's Caribbean coast: the ecclesiastical documents of the Department of Córdoba
Project Director: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
Co-Director: José Polo Acuña, Universidad de Cartagena
Co-Director: Pablo F. Gómez, University of Wisconsin
With the support of a British Library Endangered Archives Grant (EAP 640), this project digitized historic and endangered ecclesiastical documents located in the Colombian Department of Córdoba.
Córdoba is one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse areas of Colombia. Spaniards invaded the region in the sixteenth century, establishing towns and indigenous missions in an area that formed a bridge between the province of Cartagena and the Andean regions of Colombia. Córdoba also served as the breadbasket for Cartagena de Indias, South America's only legal and largest slave entrêpot. This region was home to historic indigenous communities such as Ayapel and Tolú Viejo, settled in 1534 and 1535 respectively, to Spanish towns, and to communities of African slaves who escaped from Cartagena to form large maroon communities in the vast hinterland. Cordoba’s endangered ecclesiastical and notarial documents, thus, provide unique information on racial demography, social and kin networks, and economic conditions of the region and will contribute to scholarship on Latin America, the Atlantic world, the circum-Caribbean, slavery and borderlands studies.
Top of page: José Polo Acuña, Renée Souloudre-LaFrance, David LaFevor, Jane Landers, and team members from the University of Cartagena, September 2011. Photo by David C. LaFevor. Above, right: Catedral de San Jerónimo, Montería, Colombia. Photo by Mabel Vergel.