Item description for Una excursion a los indios Ranqueles (Spanish Edition) by Lucio V. Mansilla & Juan Carlos Casas...
In Spanish. One of the great classics of nineteenth-century Argentine prose, and one of the finest and subtlest books ever written on an American frontier both North and South, Lucio V. Mansillas "Una excursin" was first published in Argentina in 1870 and is one of very few works in American letters that presents a vivid, firsthand account of a noncombative encounter between Native American and European civilizations. Colonel Mansilla, widely traveled and cultured aristocrat was an exception among his contemporaries, as he advocated for an open dialogue as best approach to the "Indian problem". In the end the peace accord he sought to enact with the Ranquels was summarily disregarded by the Argentine government, which slowly gravitated towards a policy of ethnic cleansing and expropriation of Indian lands. Mansilla humourously calls his expedition an "excursion", elegantly downplaying the jest of visiting belligerant natives in largely unknown areas of the Argentine interior. His careful observations offer valuable ethnographic data, as Argentinas Indians were almost totally extinguished or assimilated soon after. Mansillas work both in this account and elsewhere made him a leading figure in the Argentina "Generation of 1880," a group crucial in the development of Argentine literary and intellectual life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.43" Weight: 1.93 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
ISBN 9871136021 ISBN13 9789871136025
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More About Lucio V. Mansilla & Juan Carlos Casas
Lucio V. Mansilla (1831-1913), a colonel in the Argentine army, was a diarist and essayist who dealt with the political problem of assimilating indigenous people.
Lucio V. Mansilla was born in 1831 and died in 1913.
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Charming peaceful conquest Jan 25, 2003
Argentinian President Sarmiento sent this soldier, L.V. Mansilla (1831-1913), son of an important General, as a chief of the border against the Indians in Río Cuarto, southwards of Córdoba in 1869. The events he lived in those days made this book, first published in 1877. He's got a gift for narrative and he describes, mixing anecdotes and witty sentences, his peaceful task in Indian land. Two monks, four officers and a group of soldiers went with him. This book achieved a prize in the International Geographical Congress in Paris.