I begin by thanking my wife, Jennifer Duncan, the most generous yet critical
reader, always reminding me to follow the story. My family in Lake City, Florida,
have always been supportive, even if what I do often seems a little strange; when I
was a graduate student, my grandfather could never quite believe I was being
paid to read books.
In Colombia, more people took an interest in my project and o√ered me
more assistance than I ever expected. I thank especially Isabel Cristina Bermú-
dez, Beatriz Castro Carvajal, Guiomar Dueñas, José Escorcia, Margarita Garrido,
Gary Long, Eduardo Mejía, Eduardo Sáenz, and Fabio Zambrano. My most heart-
felt thanks go out to the eminent chronicler of the nineteenth-century Cauca,
Alonso Valencia Llano, who generously helped my project along in numerous
ways. I was always made to feel welcome in Colombia’s wonderful archives. I
salute the sta√s of the Archivo Central del Cauca, the Archivo del Congreso, the
Archivo General de la Nación, the Archivo Histórico Municipal de Cali, the
Biblioteca Nacional, and the archive of incora. Special thanks go to María
Leonilde Chirva, at the Biblioteca Nacional, Gladys Martínez and Martha Jeanet
Sierra at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, and Hedwig Hartmann Garcés at the
Archivo Central del Cauca.
Along the way, I have met many other Colombianistas whose company and
ideas enriched the research and writing process for me immensely. They include
Nancy Appelbaum, Charles Bergquist, Hayley Froysland, Richard Goulet, Marixa
Lasso, Catherine LeGrand, Frank Sa√ord, David Sowell, and Brett Troyan. I first
encountered Aims McGuinness in Bogotá, where we wasted much time over
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