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Explorers of the Amazon vividly describes how European explorers such as Pedro Cabral, Francisco De Orellana, Lope de Aguirre, and Madame Godin encountered the vast wilderness of the Amazon basin; how they searched, exploited, and fought over its riches; and what they learned and failed to learn through four centuries of adventure. Anthony Smith not only enriches this history with fascinating geographical, political, and scientific details but also gives a strong warning to those who continue to exploit this great river's resources.
"The history of Amazonian exploration, wonderfully told by Anthony Smith, is awash with madness—an extravagant mixture of the malevolent and the miraculous."—Stephen Mills, Times Literary Supplement
Introduction Pedro Cabral - Stumbling Upon Brazil Francisco de Orellana - First Down the Amazon Lope de Aguirre - Who Killed Even His Dream Pedro de Teixeira - Making the Amazon Portuguese Charles Marie de la Condamine - Equatorial Scientist Monsieur and Madame Godin - And Their Separation Baron von Humboldt - Inspiration to the World Spruce Wickham - Collectors Extraordinary Julia Arana - King of the Putumayo Postscript Illustration Acknowledgments Index