Narrative of a Journey from Lima to Para, across the Andes and down the Amazon

Narrative of a Journey from Lima to Para, across the Andes and down the Amazon : Undertaken with a View of Ascertaining the Practicability of a Navigable Communication with the Atlantic, by the Rivers Pachitea, Ucayali, and Amazon

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During 1834-5 the British naval officer and artist William Smyth (1800-77) and his fellow officer Frederick Lowe (1811-47) went on an expedition to Peru and North-Eastern Brazil. This account of their journey, first published in 1836, combines a travel narrative with anthropological observation. Their objective was to explore the river Pachitea in Peru and investigate its potential as a route from the Andes via the Amazon to the Atlantic Ocean that could reduce journey times and benefit Peruvian exports. The tone of the book is typical of early nineteenth-century European travel literature, in that it shows the authors to have been fascinated by the cultures they encountered while retaining a deep mistrust of the indigenous 'savages' some of whom were held to be 'cannibals'. It is, however, full of fascinating details about the rainforest and its inhabitants, the colonial settlers, and their interactions.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 10 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139060708
  • 9781139060707

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Commencement of land journey; 3. An account of Cerro Pasco, the district which contains the principal silver mines belonging to Peru; 4. Continuation and difficulties of the land journey; 5. Hospitable reception at Huanuco, and description of that city; 6. Arrival at Pozuzu and desertion of the escort and muleteers, compelling an abandonment of the plan projected; 7. Embarkation in canoes on the Huallaga; 8. Further progress down the river, and visit to the towns of Juan Guerra and Tarapoto; 9. Impetuosity of the river at the Pass of Uraquiyacu, and the passage effected through the trees; 10. Endeavours to persuade the missionary to assist in the ascent of the Ucayali and Pachitea to Mayro; 11. Account of the mission and town of Sarayacu, its inhabitants and their manners; 12. Account of the Indian tribes inhabiting the Pampa and neighbourhood of the Ucayali; 13. Departure from Sarayacu; 14. Arrival at Tabatinga, the frontier town of Brazil; 15. Rio Negro.show more