Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 2, March-April

Beating a Passage to the Pacific: More Than Ten Years Prior to the Celebrated Expedition of Lewis and Clark, a Little-Known Scotsman Completed the First Coast-to-Coast Trek across the Continent
By May of tiffs year, when bicentennial festivities are in full swing, few Americans will not know the names Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, leaders of the 1804 expedition sent by President Thomas Jefferson to search the continent for a northwest...
Caretaker of Guyana's Water Dogs: Deep in the Savanna, a Passionate Protector of These Endangered River Otters Is Rehabilitating Them for Release into the Wild
It's nearly eleven in the morning, and the sun is already scorching the and earth of Karanambu Ranch. The birds have stopped singing, and the breeze has died down. It's the dry season in the Rupununi, a vast savanna located near Guyana's Brazilian...
Classical Works, Classic Performances
Alberto Ginastera Estancia (harmonia mundi HMC 901808) Aaron Copland, with whom Alberto Ginastera (1916-83) studied composition at Tanglewood in the mid 1940s, called the native of Buenos Aires "the great white hope of Argentine music." In the following...
From the Editor
In the next fifty years, more than 10 percent of the earth's existing biological species will be extinct, according to a recent scientific report. The specific causes are many, but a disturbing number are a result of human behavior. It seems that not...
Haiti's Ball of Fire: Rooted in Rhythms of the Northern Countryside, This Nation's Oldest Big Band Is Threatened by the Invasion of Foreign Music and a Failing Economy
Past the seamstresses in the downtown parlor of the brightly painted colonial-style row house, up the creaky wooden stairs, one of Haiti's national treasures is bent over an empty page of sheet music. Today the girl gets up, she's counting the raindrops...
Historic Hospitality
IN 1889, IN THE REMOTE Chilean town of Temuco, a regional trade center in the homeland of the Mapuche Indians some 420 miles south of the capital of Santiago, the Hotel Continental opened its doors for business. Remarkably, 115 years later, the venerable...
In the Arms of the Desert: The Study of Sonoran Saguaros, One of the World's Tallest Cacti, Uncovers Much about the Survival of Other Plants in This Extreme Climate
It is a warm, sunny winter afternoon on Tumamoc Hill, on the west side of Tucson, Arizona. The sun lights up a multitude of saguaros and other Sonoran Desert plants that dot this twenty-three-hundred-foot hillside Here grow large saguaros, many with...
Mario Vargas Llosa: Author of Limitless Worlds
In an interview with Americas, this renowned Peruvian writer talks about his constant curiosity in issues that cross cultural, historical, and political boundaries Mario Vargas Llosa took the literary world by storm nearly forty years ago with his...
Ocean Speedway to Bahamas
A NEW FLORIDA -- BASED catamaran service has begun ferrying hundreds of passengers to Grand Bahama Island every day, boosting visitor arrivals to a ninety-mile-long Caribbean island in the midst of its own tourism renaissance. Bahamas Florida Express...
One Hundred Years in the Shadows
Fred Magner was twenty-five years old when h left his home in Paris, a small towel in eastern Illinois near the Indiana line. The year was 1892. Where he was heading and what were his plans are unknown, but within a few months he was five thousand...
On the Summit of Challenges
Spotlight on Fighting Poverty THE PRESIDENTS and prime ministers of the OAS member countries, meeting for the Special Summit of the Americas in Monterrey, Mexico, set new goals designed to stimulate equitable economic growth, promote human and social...
Paintings of the Psyche: An Innovative Hospital Program and Museum in Rio Has Nurtured Highly Acclaimed Artists While Revealing the Healing Power of Art
For half a century, the environment that has nurtured some of Brazil's most celebrated artists has not been the customary setting of an exclusive art school or Bohemian enclave, but the cloistered surroundings of an aging psychiatric hospital. Isolated...
Singular Stamps of the Caribbean
SHEILA DANIEL SITS BEHIND her desk at the Nevis Philatelic Bureau reviewing a pile of newly arrived correspondence. Awaiting her reply are email requests for stock lists and order forms from stamp aficionados in far-flung countries across the globe,...
Slavery in the 21st Century
"From one minute to the next my life was never to be the same again," recalls Sara. Six years ago, Sara's world collapsed when she was kid napped as she walked to school in Managua, Nicaragua. Now eighteen, Sara wants to give a personal account...
The House of Pleasure: Atuona (HIVA OA), July 1902
The two of you disagreed more often than you agreed, and yet sometimes--when you heard your friend speak so candidly and hopefully about his longed-for community of artist-monks in retreat from the world, settled in a distant, primitive country with...
The Way to Paradise
by Mario Vargas Llosa. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. El paraiso en la otra esquina. Madrid: Alfaguara, 2003. Reviewed by Barbara Mujica Nearly blind and dying of syphilis, Paul Gauguin wanders near a school in the Marquesas where...
Tobago's Humming Reserve
TROPICAL, TOBAGO, anchored off the Venezuelan coast in the lower Caribbean, has made a name for itself as a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers, lured by the promise of swimming pool-clear waters and thriving populations of neon-colored...
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