The United States in Latin America: A Historical Dictionary

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ACCESSORY TRANSIT COMPANY. The American Atlantic and Pacific Ship Canal Company* (formed in 1849 and controlled by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt) received a charter from the Nicaraguan government in 1851 with exclusive right to transport passengers and cargo across the isthmus of Nicaragua. It operated as the Accessory Transit Company until 1855. Following William Walker's confiscation of the company's property, Vanderbilt closed the firm in 1856. References: DADH; and David I. Folkman Jr., The Nicaragua Route ( Salt Lake City, Utah, 1972).

ADAMS, CHARLES BAKER ( 1814-1853). Naturalist, born January 11, 1814, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Adams graduated from Amherst College and attended Andover Theological Seminary. He was a tutor and lecturer in geology at Amherst College in 1837, professor of chemistry and natural history at Middlebury (Vt.) College from 1838 to 1847, state geologist of Vermont from 1845 to 1848, and professor of astronomy and zoology at Amherst College from 1847 until his death. He was in Jamaica in 1843-1844 and 1848-1849 and made collecting trips to Panama in 1849-1850 and to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in 1852-1853. He wrote Catalogue of Shells Collected at Panama with Notes on Their Synonymy, Station, and Geographical Distribution ( New York, 1852). Died January 18, 1853, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. References: ACAB; DAB; NCAB 5:311; and WWWA.

AGASSIZ, JEAN LOUIS RUDOLPHE ( 1807-1873). Naturalist, born May 28, 1807, in Môtier-en-Vuly, Switzerland. Agassiz attended the universities of Zurich and Heidelberg, and graduated from the universities of Munich and Erlangen. He was professor at the University of Neuchâtel ( Switzerland) from 1832 to 1846. He came to the United States in 1846 and was professor of natural science at the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard University from 1848. In 1859, he founded the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He led the Thayer expedition to Brazil in 1865-1866. In 1873, he led an expedition

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes viii
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Place Names xv
  • Chronology xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • A 1
  • B 13
  • C 53
  • D 83
  • E 101
  • F 109
  • G 125
  • H 145
  • I 175
  • J 181
  • K 191
  • L 199
  • M 215
  • N 247
  • O 255
  • P 263
  • R 289
  • S 311
  • T 349
  • U 367
  • V 369
  • W 375
  • Y 401
  • Z 403
  • Chiefs of American Diplomatic Missions in Latin America, 1823-1990 405
  • List of Individuals by Profession And Occupation 423
  • Bibliographical Essay 441
  • Index 451
  • About the Author 473
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