Mexico in the nineteenth century through British and North American travel accounts

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Steve Stein, Committee Chair


Several British and North American travelers visited and wrote about Mexico during the nineteenth century. The focus of attention is the narratives written by five men and two women. These travelers provided a version of Mexico for the European and North American readership. Their travel discourses provided factual information, recreated former stereotypes and constructed new images of the Mexican cornucopia. Class and cultural background, as well as occupation and purpose of journey deeply influenced the observations of the travelers. Gender provided major differences in the themes and approach of the narratives. Travel narratives can be used as valuable historical sources.


History, Latin American

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