The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend

The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend

by Marshall De Bruhl


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582437682
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The River Sea

From the Andes to the Atlantic 5

Chapter 2 The Incas

The Rise and Fall of the Empire of the Sun 25

Chapter 3 The Search for El Dorado

Gold, Spices, and Blood 37

Chapter 4 Conquistadors for Christ

The Holy Fathers and the Indigenous Peoples 59

Chapter 5 The Great Powers in the Amazon Basin

The Struggle for Control 71

Chapter 6 Nature's Grand Laboratory

European Science Discovers the Amazon 85

Chapter 7 The Peruvian Evangeline

The Journey of María Isabel de Jesus Gramesóny Godin 91

Chapter 8 "I Must Find Out About the Unity of Nature."

The Explorations of Alexander von Humboldt 109

Chapter 9 Three Eminent Victorians in the "Garden of the World"

Wallace, Bates, and Spruce Explore the Amazon 123

Chapter 10 The Great Rubber Boom

An Amazonian Gilded Age 167

Chapter 11 Exploitation, Despoliation, or Conservation

The River Sea in the New Millennium 185

Epilogue 213

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

Bibliography 227

Index 231

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