Memoria y Sociedad
Print version ISSN 0122-5197
WASSERMAN, Fabio. Historical Account and National Identity in the Nomenclature of Montevideo, 1843. Mem. Soc. [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.28, pp. 51-65. ISSN 0122-5197.
This article examines the names of streets, squares and markets in Montevideo, thought in 1843 by the romantic writer and politician Andrés Lamas. It takes in account the conditions of intellectual and political production that led his design. In these names, which referto local history and geography, the author willed to provide a narrative that could strength Uruguayan national identity. Such intention is clear in a text in which he explains the reasons of his choice. To this respect, it is a very interesting initiative to explore the current problems that emerged by mid 19th century when anybody wanted to elaborate historical stories to sustain national identities in the Rio de la Plata.
Keywords : Montevideo; Rioplatense historiography; urban history; National Identity; Romanticism; Andrés Lamas; Andrés Lamas; 1817-1891; Criticism and interpretation; Montevideo; Uruguay; Historiography; National Identity.