Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

History Graduate Students Present Research in Brazil

September 2nd, 2015

Beau Gaitors and Christopher Willoughby, Ph.D. students in Latin American and U.S. history, respectively, co-presented a paper entitled “An Epidemic of Trade: Disease and Commerce in Post-Independence Veracruz” at the international conference “Tropical Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Historical Perspective” held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 1-3, 2015). Their research explored the epidemiological repercussions of Veracruz’s commercial relationships with the rest of the Americas. Commerce and mobility, often hailed for their benefits, brought about serious public health consequences for Atlantic ports like Veracruz. Gaitors and Willoughby analyzed local and foreign writings on the health of Veracruz from the global dengue fever epidemic in the 1820s through the international cholera epidemic in 1849, synchronous with such political landmarks as Mexican Independence and the U.S. invasion of Mexico. Their research was highlighted by the conference host, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, in its online news forum in Portuguese.

Brazil + People
Mauro Porto
Associate Professor - Communication