Civica Biblioteca di Bergamo, "Angelo Mai"
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iacomo Costantino Beltrami, 19th-century Italian jurist, author and explorer is perhaps best remembered for his peregrinations in the northern Minnesota area in the 1820s and his discovery of the northernmost headwaters of the Mississippi river in 1823. But Beltrami's explorations also took in large swaths of Mexico, Haiti and countless countries in Europe. Nor were his discoveries limited to those geographical: he collected myriad botanical and geological samples hitherto uncatalogued, and is responsible for the discovery of one of the only existing texts to provide Latinate translations from the Aztec language, the so-called Evangelarium epistolarium et lectionarium Aztecarum.
These journeys and discoveries alone should be enough to guarantee Beltrami's place in cultural memory. But add to them his position at a crucial moment in European history and his prolific and wide-ranging epistolary life -- indeed, one which comprises a veritable who's who list of politicians, authors and thinkers of his day -- and it becomes clear that Beltrami may be deserving of a closer look by future historians.