Stanford University
CESTA
Terrain of History
We are creating a geographically precise digitized map of 1866 Rio de Janeiro with historically accurate delineations of streets and property—which include over 15,000 parcels in the central parishes. More than 300,000 historic records including names, addresses, and other detailed information covering the period 1840-1890 are also being organized in a database to reveal interconnections, networks, movement, and change over time. The digitized maps and data created by the project provide the spatially-oriented resources for dynamic visualizations that will inform historical analysis as well as illustrate key findings. Extensions of the project into the twentieth century, through 1930, are planned in the years to come.

This project is one of three urban history/geography research groups in the Stanford Humanities Center: Digital Initiatives. At UNICAMP in Campinas, São Paulo, the Cecult research group is studying the spatial history of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At Brown University, James Green is developing detailed analyses of residents and businesses in a neighborhood around Praça da Constituição (Tiradentes). These projects are developing the most detailed and complete geohistorical archive ever assembled for a city in South America.


GALLERY:
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The Plays of França Júnior
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Machado de Assis: Memórias Póstumas
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
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Backend Visualizations
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Chasing an End to Perpetual Deforestation
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Distributions of Occupations, 1870
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Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1850: Scale, Time, and Space
Property Values and Tinker Locations (Rio, c.1870)
Property Values and Tinker Locations (Rio, c.1870)
The Artisan Heartland and Tinker
The Artisan Heartland and Tinker
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Lawyers in Rio de Janeiro: Movement in the City Center, 1860-1889
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Tenement Housing in Rio de Janeiro, 1870s-1880s
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Rio de Janeiro Historical Address Locator
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The Slave Market in Rio de Janeiro: Movement, Context, and Social Experience

Spatial History