"It Is Impossible to Make a Step without the Indians": Nineteenth-Century Geographical Exploration and the Amerindians of British Guiana

@article{Burnett2002ItII,
  title={"It Is Impossible to Make a Step without the Indians": Nineteenth-Century Geographical Exploration and the Amerindians of British Guiana},
  author={D. Burnett},
  journal={Ethnohistory},
  year={2002},
  volume={49},
  pages={3 - 40}
}
An effort is made to reveal the multiple functions of early nineteenth-century geographic expeditions into the interior of lowland South America, with an emphasis on the subtle and pervasive ways that "scientific" knowledge (natural historical, gregraphic, ethnographic) was consistently entangled with colonial reconnaissance and administration. The work of Robert H. Schomburgk and William Hilhouse in British Guiana receives close scrutiny. Particular efforts are made to show the ways that their… Expand
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