Writing travels: power, knowledge and ritual on the English East India Company’s early voyages

  title={Writing travels: power, knowledge and ritual on the English East India Company’s early voyages},
  author={Miles Ogborn},
  journal={Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers},
  • Miles Ogborn
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • History
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
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