Henry Harrisse

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Henry Harrisse
BornMay 28, 1829 Edit this on Wikidata
Paris Edit this on Wikidata
DiedMay 13, 1910 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 80)
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Prime sharing of modern worlds, Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494. Henry Harisse, The diplomatic history of America.[1]

Henry Harrisse (1829 – May 13, 1910) was a man of letters, art critic, lawyer and American historian who authored books on the discovery of America and geographic representations of the New World.


Henry Harrisse was born in Paris May 28, 1829. His father was Abraham, a furrier, probably from Russia or Prague, and his mother was Nanine Marcus of Paris [2][3] Very young, he moved to his American family and takes the nationality of the country. He studied at the University of South Carolina and began his academic career at the University of North Carolina. He taught letters, philosophy and law. According to his biographer Henri Cordier his early writings are devoted to Taine [4] and Renan and it would have annotated the works of metaphysical Descartes.[1] But the turn of his mind focused on the study of the origins of modern America s and he gave himself ardently.[3] This led to the exploration of the archives of the discovery of the Americas and to his achieving a critical and complete historical oevre of this object.

Harrisse was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1893.[5]


The work of Henry Harisse is published in English and/or French:

  • Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima: A Description of Works Relating to America.[6]
  • Notes on Columbus (1866)
  • Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima (1866)
  • Jean et Sébastien Cabot (1882)
  • Études d'histoire critique. Christophe Colomb : son origine, sa vie, ses voyages, sa famille et ses descendants (1884)
  • Discovery of North America (1892)

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  1. ^ a b Harrisse, Henry (1897), The diplomatic history of America: its first chapter 1452-1493-1494: XVIe-XIXe siècle: 1494-1897, London: BF External link in |title= (help) Stevens. BNF . Accessed 13 January 2012.
  2. ^ Notes Georges Lubin in the index Correspondents' Correspondence of George Sand
  3. ^ a b Henry Vignaud (1911). "Henry Harrisse". persee.fr. Journal of the Society of Americanists. Volume 8-1-2, 1911. pp. 286-288. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  4. ^ This is the famous Magny dinners restaurant Sand and Taine (1828-1893 ) were to meet regularly and find themselves in the company of the American lawyer who presented the Henry Harisse perhaps one to another. Reid, Martine; Tillier, Bertrand (1999), The ABCs of George Sand: XVIIe-XIXe siècle: 1804-1999, Paris: Flammarion External link in |title= (help). BNF 37047639j
  5. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  6. ^ Henry Harrisse (1872). Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima: A Description of Works Relating to America Published Between the Years 1492 and 1551. Librairie Tross.