". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Maturín, Venezuela - Location

When the bloody wars of South American independence from Spain were waged, these countries, per se, did not exist.  Mosr of the regional colonies that would become nation-states certainly didn't have their nation-state names then, either.

However, the cities and so on had their names.  So here is the city that shares the name of Patrick O'Brian's admired naturalist and ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin.

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