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Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire
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Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire

Felix Driver and Luciana Martins

Abstract

The contrast between the temperate and the tropical is one of the most enduring themes in the history of the Western geographical imagination. Caught between the demands of experience and representation, documentation and fantasy, travelers in the tropics have often treated tropical nature as a foil to the temperate, to all that is civilized, modest, and enlightened. This book explores images of the tropical world—maps, paintings, botanical drawings, photographs, diagrams, and texts—produced by European and American travelers over the past three centuries. This book contains eleven chapters—ar ... More

Keywords: temperate zones, tropical zones, voyages, mapping, Western geographical imagination, civilization, enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226164717
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226164700.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felix Driver, editor

Luciana Martins, editor

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