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The Mapmaker's Wife:
A true tale of love, murder and survival in the Amazon

by Robert Whitaker

Doubleday, 2004
ISBN 038560520x
hb, dj, 352pp

minor shelf wear, sunned spine, pages clean & tight

DESCRIPTION: "In 1735 a team of French scientists set out on a daring, decade-long expedition into the heart of South America in a bid to win the race to measure the Earth. Under the leadership of 34-year-old Charles Marie de la Condamine they revealed mysteries of the continent to a world hungry for knowledge, recording countless new plant and animal species and revealing the inhuman and brutal treatment of the natives at the hands of the Spanish. But it nearly ended in disaster. Scaling the 16,000-foot Peruvian Andes, the scientists faced the depravations and dangers of the rain forest - wild cats, insects, vampire bats - and barely completed their mission. Some went mad, others succumbed to smallpox, one was stoned to death by locals and another was killed in a bullfight. And one - the youngest, Jean Godin - fell in love with a beautiful local girl, Isabel Grameson..."

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tagged: history, biography, 18th century, South America, Amazon, exploration, science discoveries
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