Douglas McRae
Georgetown University, USA


This article examines representations of waterscapes (rivers, tributaries, swamps) in Resistencia en el San Jorge, the third volume of Historia doble de la costa by Orlando Fals Borda. Using the text as well as Fals Borda’s field notes, this article argues that Historia doble de la costa consciously incorporates the ecology of the natural environment of the Depresión Momposina into the region’s history of popular resistance. The ecological crisis perpetrated by historical capitalist expansion is presented in Resistencia en el San Jorge as part of the larger history of struggles for land and social justice in the Atlantic Coast region of Colombia.

Keywords: Ecology, waterscape, San Jorge River, personification, environmental history.