The Mapmaker s Wife

However, the Spanish men of Peru expected their own daughters and wives to remain “pure” and “honorable” and demanded that they live sheltered lives. Elite women in Peru rarely ventured outside their homes unless accompanied by a ...

Author: Robert Whitaker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786741847

Category: History

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In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot mountains in the Peruvian Andes, and braving jaguars, pumas, insects, and vampire bats in the jungle, the scientists barely completed their mission. One was murdered, another perished from fever, and a third-Jean Godin-nearly died of heartbreak. At the expedition's end, Jean and his Peruvian wife, Isabel Gramesen, became stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon, victims of a tangled web of international politics. Isabel's solo journey to reunite with Jean after their calamitous twenty-year separation was so dramatic that it left all of 18th-century Europe spellbound. Her survival-unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration-was a testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and the power of devotion. Drawing on the original writings of the French mapmakers, as well as his own experience retracing Isabel's journey, acclaimed writer Robert Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of "the greatest expedition the world has ever known."
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The Mapmaker s Wife

Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of "the greatest expedition the world has ever known."

Author: Robert Whitaker

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ISBN: 0465057942

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An adventure story and a love story set in the heart of the Amazonian jungle
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The Island of the Mapmaker s Wife Other Tales

... Kin to that which is call'd the Painters Wives Island , placed in some unknown part of the Ocean , meerly at the Fancy of the Map - Maker . ” - Jonathan Swift , A Tale of a Tub , 1710 THE ISLAND OF THE MAPMAKER'S WIFE S > UE TRADES.

Author: Marilyn Sides

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: UOM:39015038127257

Category: Collectors and collecting

Page: 277

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Presents a variety of contemporary love stories that evoke a sense of place and that revolve around collectors' objects, which become the object of obsession as characters project their own dreams and desires onto them
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The Mapmaker s Wife

Relates the eighteenth-century story of Jean Godin and his wife, Isabel, stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon River after Jean's epic exploration of South America, and describes Isabel's journey to reunite with her husband.

Author: Robert Whitaker

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0738208086

Category: History

Page: 376

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Relates the eighteenth-century story of Jean Godin and his wife, Isabel, stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon River after Jean's epic exploration of South America, and describes Isabel's journey to reunite with her husband.
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Shores of Knowledge New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination

6Robert Whitaker, The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in theAmazon (New York:Basic Books, 2004), 50. ... 8 Whitaker, Mapmaker's Wife, 101–3 9 Terrall, Man Who Flattened the Earth, 107–23.

Author: Joyce Appleby

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393241525

Category: History

Page: 288

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"Uncommonly good…makes a compelling case that…intellectual curiosity not only changed Europe, but launched modernity." —Cleveland Plain Dealer When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with exotic parrots, tropical flowers, and bits of gold. Inspired by the promise of riches, countless seafarers poured out of the Iberian Peninsula and wider Europe in search of spices, treasure, and land. Many returned with strange tales of the New World. Curiosity began to percolate through Europe as the New World’s people, animals, and plants ruptured prior assumptions about the biblical description of creation. The Church, long fearful of challenges to its authority, could no longer suppress the mantra “Dare to know!” Noblemen began collecting cabinets of curiosities; soon others went from collecting to examining natural objects with fresh eyes. Observation led to experiments; competing conclusions triggered debates. The foundations for the natural sciences were laid as questions became more multifaceted and answers became more complex. Carl Linneaus developed a classification system and sent students around the globe looking for specimens. Museums, botanical gardens, and philosophical societies turned their attention to nature. National governments undertook explorations of the Pacific. Eminent historian Joyce Appleby vividly recounts the explorers’ triumphs and mishaps, including Magellan’s violent death in the Philippines; the miserable trek of the "new Argonauts" across the Andes on their mission to determine the true shape of the earth; and how two brilliant scientists, Alexander Humboldt and Charles Darwin, traveled to the Americas for evidence to confirm their hypotheses about the earth and its inhabitants. Drawing on detailed eyewitness accounts, Appleby also tells of the turmoil created in the all societies touched by the explorations. This sweeping, global story imbues the Age of Discovery with fresh meaning, elegantly charting its stimulation of the natural sciences, which ultimately propelled Western Europe toward modernity.
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The Mapmaker s Opera

thin of lip, but a Spanish señorita nonetheless, mantilla on head, rosary beads in hand, prayers regularly offered to the virgin—a woman, Emilio supposed, who would make a splendid wife one day. And once his mother died—and forgive me ...

Author: Bea Gonzalez

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007386505

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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In the tradition of Allende, this is a magical novel, written in the form of an opera, and set in Seville and Mexico in the late 1800s.
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The Mapmaker s Eye

Sohon : Thunder ( Kootenai ) Kootenai ( Ktunaxa ) names from David Thompson's journals Babine Fendu Barbeau ( a Kootanae Chief ) Bear's Feet Beau Pere Boisverd's wife ( Madame Boisverd ) Brass Caupe Capot Barre Capot Blanc ( White ...

Author: Jack Nisbet

Publisher: Pullman : Washington State University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123295391

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

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Between 1807 and 1812, North West Company fur trader, explorer, and cartographer David Thompson established two viable trade routes across the Rocky Mountains in Canada and systematically surveyed the entire 1,250-mile course of the Columbia River. In succeeding years he distilled his mathematical notations from dozens of journal notebooks into the first accurate maps of the entire northwest quadrant of North America. The writings in those same journals reveal a complex man who was headstrong, curious, and resourceful in ways that reflected both his London education and his fur trade apprenticeship on the Canadian Shield. In The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau, Jack Nisbet utilizes fresh research to convey how Thompson experienced the sweep of human and natural history etched across the Columbia drainage. He places Thompson's movements within the larger contexts of the European Enlightenment, the British fur trade economy, and American expansion as represented by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Nisbet courses through journal notebooks to assemble and comment on Thompson's bird and mammal lists, the explorer's surprisingly detailed Salish vocabulary, the music Thompson and his crew listened to on a barrel organ, and the woodcraft techniques they used to maintain themselves under shelter or while on the move. Visual elements bring Thompson's written daybooks to life. Watercolor landscapes and tribal portraits drawn by the first artists to travel along his trade routes illuminate what the explorer actually saw. Tribal and fur trade artifacts reveal intimate details of two cultures at the moment of contact. The Mapmaker's Eye also depicts the surveying instruments that Thompson used, and displays the series of remarkable maps that grew out of his patient, persistent years of work. In addition to these visual aspects of Thomson's journeys through the Columbia country, Nisbet taps into oral memories kept by the Kootenai and Salish bands who guided the agent and his party along their way.
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Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

The Mapmaker's Wife By Robert Whitaker Doubleday 2004 Pp xiv + 352 . ISBN 0385 408188 Price Hardcover $ 17.00 , Paperback $ 10.40 ( from Amazon.com ) THE MAPMAKER'S WIFE wwwww ROBERT WHITAKER XER ALDER MEASURE The Measure of all Things ...

Author: Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

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ISBN: UOM:39015060906024

Category: Astronomy

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The Mapmaker

His wife winced and raised her voice angrily . ' Let him alone ! He's done you no harm . ' She took a couple of paces towards him . One of the youths stepped forward and pushed her in the chest . She toppled back- wards onto the cobbles ...

Author: James Jauncey

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: 0233988521

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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Two men unjustly accused of murder flee their medieval home, following a map they hope will lead them to knowledge and wealth
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