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VERGARA, Moema de Rezende. The Exploration of the Rivers Amazon and Madeira in the Brazilian Empire by Franz Keller-Leuzinger: the Press and Nation. Almanack [online]. 2013, n.6, pp.81-94. ISSN 2236-4633.

The relationship between the Amazon and voyagers is a subject that has long been urging researchers in different disciplines and various parts of the world. And this subject sometimes seems endless. This paper seeks to contribute to this discussion with a small fragment: narrating the journey of Franz Keller-Leuzinger. Although his work has already been used in works dealing with the history of the railroad and the photography, there are few studies dedicated exclusively to this character, which remains almost unknown. The main goal of this article is to give him prominence and thus to understand how the Amazon was perceived at the end of the Empire, how its integration to the national territory was conceived and its role in the Brazilian nationalism sentiment based upon the idea of a great territory.

Keywords : Franz Keller-Leuzinger; voyagers; Amazonas.

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