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Navigating in tropical waters: British maritime views of Rio de Janeiro

Martins, Luciana (1998) Navigating in tropical waters: British maritime views of Rio de Janeiro. Imago Mundi 50 (1), pp. 141-155. ISSN 0308-5694.

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This paper considers how the experience of travelling around the globe helped to shape the geographical imagination of British seamen in the early nineteenth century. It focuses in particular on graphic images of Rio de Janeiro produced by a Royal Navy midshipman (later lieutenant), Charles William Browne. More generally, the paper examines the place of the Brazilian harbour in the Royal Navy's strategic and logistical planning; the increasingly significant role of coastal views, plans and charts in improving and enlarging British geographical knowledge; and the production and circulation of iconic images of hybrid tropical landscapes by British seamen.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Nineteenth‐century mapping, coastal views, charts, Rio de Janeiro harbour, geographical imagination, marine drawing, tropical landscapes, Royal Navy, Charles William Browne, HMS Alceste
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 10:57
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27

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