- Hardcover: 314 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226081206
- ISBN-13: 978-0226081205
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Masters of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, and a British El Dorado 1st Edition
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The history of the formation of the current country of Guyana is little known. Burnett (fellow, Ctr. for Scholars and Writers, NYPL) has written a fascinating book on the early period of this former British colony in northern South America. Burnett, who aimed to write a study on the history of science, examines the history of mapmaking and geography as it relates to the discovery and formation of the British Empire in this part of the Americas. Focusing on mid-1800s explorer Sir Robert H. Schomburgk, who under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society explored and mapped a region that is now part of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana, Burnett shows that the activities of Schomburgk and other explorers essentially determined the official boundaries of what became British Guiana. This well-written and easy-to-follow study will be of value to collections on Latin America, the British Isles, and travel. Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Pleasant Grove, UT
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"A masterful account of a many-layered journey of scientific exploration. . . . Elegant and eminent." -- Washington Times, 10 September 2000
"[Burnett] paints a convincing picture of mapping as a vital weapon in the arsenal of imperialism." -- BBC History, November 2000
"[This] is the fascinating tale of how Guyana, first glimpsed by foreigners as a lush green shoreline, came to be mapped." -- New Scientist, 28 October 2000