River Guides, Geographical Informants, and Colonial Field Agents in the Portuguese Amazon

  title={River Guides, Geographical Informants, and Colonial Field Agents in the Portuguese Amazon},
  author={Heather Flynn Roller},
  journal={Colonial Latin American Review},
  pages={101 - 126}
  • H. F. Roller
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • History
  • Colonial Latin American Review
Recent studies of colonial mapping, reconnaissance, and imperial science have emphasized the role played by local or native informants in the construction of European geographical knowledge of the interior of South America (Pratt 1992, 135 36; Burnett 2000, 2002; Raffles 2002, 137 46; Safier 2008, 2009). Scholars have, for example, identified native toponyms on colonial maps and detected elements of local myth and lore in geographical reports. Following Neil Whitehead (1995, 54 58), they have… 
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