Introduction: Enlightenments in Ibero-America

Mariselle Meléndez, Karen Stolley

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The founding of academic societies, scientific academies, cafes, and newspapers in the second half of the eighteenth century had made Lima, the viceregal capital of Peru an enlightened city. This was the view of Enlightenment from within Peru that the Mercurio peruano recognized and celebrated. True Enlightenment would occur when Europe and the rest of the world learned about the Americas from the American perspective. This was indeed one of the reasons why the Mercurio peruano was created so that others might gain a better understanding of what made Peru, and particularly Lima, such a distinguished place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalColonial Latin American Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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