More than a "Paper Park": Tayrona, a Caribbean Paradise


  • Claudia Leal Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


In this Arcadia article, Claudia Leal shows how the early history of Colombia's Tayrona National Park reveals the extent to which it has been shaped by state policies: evictions, restrictions to land use, and a fierce battle against tourism interests.

Author Biography

Claudia Leal, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Claudia Leal is associate professor at the Department of History at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, holds a PhD in geography form the University of California at Berkeley, and was fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, in 2012. She is founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Society for Environmental History (SOLCHA), and was co-president in 2012-2014. She has done research on rainforest regions and on the role of “race” in the process of nation building in Latin America. Her book manuscript Landscapes of Freedom, on the formation of a rainforest peasantry after emancipation in the Pacific coast of Colombia, will be published soon. She is currently working on the history on nature conservation in Colombia.