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Anthropologists in the Stock ExchangeA Financial History of Victorian Science$
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Marc Flandreau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226360300

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226360584.001.0001

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Wanderlust: The Upbringing of a Victorian Racist

Wanderlust: The Upbringing of a Victorian Racist

(p.144) Chapter Seven Wanderlust: The Upbringing of a Victorian Racist
Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange

Marc Flandreau

University of Chicago Press

This is the first of two consecutive chapters devoted to the career of Bedford Pim who plays, legitimately, an important role in traditional narrative of the history of the ASL, because of his infamous racist pamphlet and lecture, Negro and Jamaica, published in the aftermath of the Jamaica Rebellion of 1865. In contrast with previous narratives that have had Pim “rushed in” as member of the ASL on the occasion of the Rebellion, the chapter tracks Pim previous pedigree as a prize winner of the Royal Geographical Society and characteristic “entrepreneur in globalization”, emphasizing that he was characteristic of the type of individuals on which the ASL drew its inspiration and strength. Starting with a descriptions of the micro-politics of informal empire in the context of the Mosquito Coast, the chapter shows that Pim’s entrepreneurial endeavors in Nicaragua led him to find himself in open rebellion against the Admiralty. The Anthropological Society of London then became a natural anchor for Pim’s mercurial efforts leading him to join it at an early stage as Local Secretary for Nicaragua. This position as an expert in Caribbean anthropology designated him as a natural ASL spokesperson in the aftermath of the Jamaica Rebellion.

Keywords:   Bedford Pim, Negro and Jamaica, Franklin expeditions, HMS Herald, Arctic, Siberia, Mosquito Coast, Central American crossing

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