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Gredilla 1992, 92) Quinine was, without doubt, the last treasure the Spaniards were to find in the paradise of Nueva Granada, and it was Mutis who assumed the task of uncovering its secret uses so as to make it a much-sought commodity in Europe. So perhaps it is not so arbitrary that, while in Colombia he is remembered as a teacher of science and venerated in a romantic statue girdled by nature, his image in Spain is quite different. In his country of origin, the scholar from Cádiz is barely remembered on the 2000 peseta bill while Latin American imagery has made him a romantic precursor of Independence.
Toward dawn the Exandras began to stretch little by little, but without yet opening their little calyxes (301). . At five (the sun hidden, calm) All the calyxes completely shut. I see that lately the seeds of the Triandras have fully developed. It was pure illusion, therefore, to have believed they only seeded during the wakeful times. (303) In this sensual language, in which it is not easy to recognize the traveler, José Celestino Mutis writes his final work. Really, this is direct scientific observation without the evaluative judgments that accompanied the observations of the first pages of his text.
In 1766 came an important event in Mutis’s life: he began the mining activity14 in which he would embody, for many years, his dreams of economic prosperity. In a 1789 letter to Charles IV’s physician Francisco Martínez Sobral, in which Mutis communicates that at last he will devote himself to botany as had been his longstanding dream, he would write: I also hope to soon harvest the generous fruit of my tasks in a most-abundant Mine in Sapo, which deserves recognition for its abundance and its wonderful circumstances.
A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives About Travel to South America, 1780-1849 (Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture) by Angela Perez-Mejia, Dick Cluster