Rethinking Brazil's Place within Latin Americanist Geography

Recent geographical research has disproportionately focused on Spanish-speaking America. By evaluating the histories of Latin American geographies, 17 English-language geography journals, the Journal of Latin Americanist Geography, Brazilianist geography memberships in three academic associations, and the number of Ph.Ds earned in the United States for each Latin American country; this article shows that there is a Spanish-centric bias in the literature, and, that Brazil is largely obfuscated or omitted in the geographical tradition, despite important studies on the Amazon region. U.S.-Spanish-speaking intelligentsia also contribute to this bias. Portuguese-speaking Brazil needs to be re-thought and re-located within Latin Americanist geography.