Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 5, September-October

Architect of a King's Defense: Dedicated to the Service of the Spanish Sovereign, Juan Bautista Antonelli Designed Innovative Fortifications That Still Tower over the Caribbean Today
ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN 1586, the English privateer Francis Drake, fresh from lucrative raiding parties in Florida and Santo Domingo, struck at Cartagena, the richest and most populous city on the Spanish Main. He effectively bypassed the small fortress...
Ariel Ramirez: High Fidelity for Folk: A Passionate Exponent of Traditional Music, This Prolific Composer Has Brought the Rhythms of Argentina's Interior to World Audiences
Listeners by the millions have come to recognize the opening bars of Misa Criolla: the first thumps of the Andean bombo, or drum, the tonal layer set down by the chorus, and the soloists' chanting of the Kyrie to the folk rhythms of a vidala and baguala....
Bellows of Love's Lament: Long Synonymous with the Tango and Buenos Aires, the Bandoneon Is at the Heart of New Efforts to Preserve and Expand Argentina's Signature Music
THE SULTRY ROMANCE BETWEEN Buenos Aires and the bandoneon is right out of a tango: a down-and-out immigrant from Saxony, a failure in his native land, washes up in a new town, wins the attentions of the coveted local belle, only to find her faithless....
Birth of Americas on View
THE FIRST KNOWN map depicting the New World and referring to it as "America" has a new permanent home in the hemisphere it described. Recently purchased by the Library of Congress for $10 million, the map is currently on display for the first time...
Boston Group Builds Bridges
MORE THAN thirty congressional representatives from Venezuela and the United States met recently to discuss the relationship between Congress and the media, and to examine what steps legislators in Venezuela can take to address the problem of poverty....
Commemorating Celia and Compay
The recent passing of no iconic figures of twentieth-century Cuban music marks the end of a movement that began in the 1930s, came to full flower in the 1950s, 1060s, and 1970s and remains popular with fans throughout the world to this day. Although...
Confronting Cyber-Crime
GLOBAL COMPUTER viruses, the spread of child pornography, and even terrorist activities are a few examples of the many new, borderless Internet crimes that have become dangerous and difficult to police. With the advancement of digital technology in...
El Dorado: Fair Markets for Artisans
Invoking the legendary name of El Dorado, a new marketing initiative in Bolivia is seeking not Andean gold but the region's true treasure, the preservation of its people and their culture. El Dorado: The Route of Fair Trade is a program of the Fundacion...
From the Editor
The 1507 Waldseemuller world map, the first one depicting the New World and referring to it as "America," served as an immense provocation. While the Atlantic coast of South America and the Caribbean was depicted in surprising detail, and the vastness...
Life Is a Dance
A few decades ago, the late British ballerina Margot Fonteyn predicted that in the twenty-first century Latin America would be to classical ballot what Imperial Russia had been in the nineteenth and what the United States was in the twentieth. Just...
Mac the Life: Damned Good
I had known Loren McIntyre, seasoned photographer, writer, and all-around South American explorer, a decade before we sat across a table, interviewer to subject. I wanted to hear about his discovery of the source of the Amazon (for a feature to appear...
Maya Museum Shapes Modernity
THE ISOLATED FARMING hamlet of Copan Ruinas, in northern Honduras, holds special meaning for archaeologists and university scholars. For years, they have studied the famous Maya ruins in nearby Copan. An increasing number of hotels, restaurants, and...
Noteworthy Guardian of Brazil's Music
If asked to name a singer, instrumentalist, or composer from Brazil who's made a mark on the world stage in the last half century, most serious music fans wouldn't pause long before coming up with such names as Jobim, Gilberto, Bonfa, Nascimento, Veloso,...
Quinine's Feverish Tales and Trails: For Centuries, This Alkaloid, Produced from the Bark of an Andean Tree, Provoked International Disputes and Intrigue as Scientists Pursued the Cure for Malaria
Next time you catch inexplicable chill on a hot day in the jungle and an old country doctor prescribes "powders of the countess" ground from "Jesuit's bark" peeled off a "fever tree," you probably have a touch of malaria, and what you will be taking...
Sky-High in Caracas
AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS of neglect, the Caracas teleferico is finally up and running. That's great news for tourists as well as residents of Venezuela's capital city, which could certainly use a lift these days. Five years ago, a private consortium...
The Last Inca Bridge
I first saw a film replica of the Apurimac bridge in a 1929 movie starring Ramon Navarro and Lily Damita: The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Later I discovered the 1927 novel on which the film was based. It gripped me from the very first sentence: "On Friday...
Writing at the Start
AN OLMEC SITE in Mexico has yielded what may be the earliest form of writing ever found in the Americas. A ceramic cylinder seal and greenstone plaque fragments found at San Andres--in the state of Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico--date from 650 B.C....
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