Mapping practices in Amazonian borders

The map depicts the Ricardo Franco hills using grey contour lines and green colours to represent the topography


Mapping practices in Amazonian borders

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 Thursday 25 November 2021

 4.30-6pm (GMT)


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Mapping practices in Amazonian borders: indigenous knowledge and guesswork in Percy Harrison Fawcett's explorations

The next talk in the 29th annual series of The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)

European explorers who 'discovered' parts of the globe unknown to them were in most cases of course visiting other people's homes. Their maps brought knowledge of these places to a literate European public but often relied at least in part on information provided by local people. Our speaker explores these themes with respect to Amazonia and the British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett who mysteriously disappeared in the Amazon forest while looking for the lost city of Z which he was convinced lay hidden there.


André Reyes Novaes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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