A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
When I defended the dissertation upon which this book is based, I wrote
twelve effusive pages of acknowledgments in which I thanked well over a
hundred people. Since then, the list has only grown, while the space in
which to acknowledge their contributions has shortened. The production
of this book spanned a decade and involved institutions and individuals in
both North America and Colombia. Their generous and thoughtful assis-
tance, insights, and critiques influenced the questions I asked, the conclu-
sions I drew, and the book that resulted. I take responsibility for any
errors, while I share the credit for any contributions this research makes
to our understandings of Colombia and of Latin American agrarian his-
tory and racial geography.
A Fulbright grant, supplemented by the Colombian Ministry of Educa-
tion, first introduced me to Colombia in 1988. The Social Science Re-
search Council and American Council of Learned Societies, Joint Com-
mittee on Latin America and the Caribbean, funded the bulk of this
research from 1993 to 1995. The University of Wisconsin assisted with a
Vilas Travel Grant and a Pre-Dissertation Field Grant. I also received a
Dean’s Research Semester Award from Harpur College, Binghamton Uni-
versity, State University of New York, for spring 2001. Carmen Ferradás,
Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program, and
Donald Quataert, Chair of the History Department, released me from
teaching that semester and have consistently supported my research.
The maps were prepared by Onno Brouwer and the staff of the Cartogra-
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