The Flowing Road: Adventures on the Great Rivers of South America Caspar W. Whitney

ISBN: 9781406705898

Published: March 1st 2007

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384 pages


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The Flowing Road: Adventures on the Great Rivers of South America  by  Caspar W. Whitney

The Flowing Road: Adventures on the Great Rivers of South America by Caspar W. Whitney
March 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781406705898 | 4.71 Mb

The chapters in this volume are from the experience of five separate overland and river expeditions into South America, beginning in 1902. Largely these were by canoe, and chiefly on streams more or less connecting hence the significance of the titleMoreThe chapters in this volume are from the experience of five separate overland and river expeditions into South America, beginning in 1902.

Largely these were by canoe, and chiefly on streams more or less connecting hence the significance of the title Flowing Road. They embraced a continuous journey from Santa Isabel, on the Rio Negro, in Brazil, to Ciudad Boli var, on the Orinoco, in Venezuela from San Ferlutndo, on the Apure, to the head waters and return, of the Orinoco, via the Atabapo and the Casiquiare down the-Portuguese in Venezuela, the Apure and the Orinoco to its mouth and on the Parana, the Salado and Feliciano rivers in Argentine.

The saddle trips included crossing the llanos, which stretch between the VeneHUelan north coast mountain range and the Orinoco on the south, and the llanos and the forest to the east of Lake Maracaibo skirting the Cordilleras at the east of Colombia across the Andes into Chile and some penetration of the pampas of Argentine and the forests of Brazil. Incidental to getting to and from the frontier I sojourned for brief periods at a majority of the leading cities on the continent.

In the far southeastern corner of Venezuela roam a native people whom common report of thecountry declares to be savage arid unknown. To have a look at these wan the object of two of my most prolonged journeya-approching on one occasion by way of the Amazon, Rio Negro, Atabapo and Orinoco, and on another ascending the Orinoco and the Casiquiare.For the rest, I will admit frankly to have been impelled neither by a wish to hunt the beasts of the jungle although such always served as my excuse for escaping the bounds of civilization, nor to report upon the economic, social or industrial conditions of the land, nor even to add to the sum of knowledge of the scientific world but solely to satisfy the horizon hunger which incites me every now and again to go and see things that curiosity which Professor Shaler has called the primal instinct.And I must say also with equal frankness that no country I have travelled is, as a whole, so frequently or so persistently misrepresented in print as this same potential South America.

Much of this is due to newspaper dispatches in spired by self interest like unto those coming so often out of Cuba, and to magazine articles reveal ing a prejudice born of ignorance some of it to the surface observations of casual tourists and some of it to the travellers who seek to impress their valour upon home friends by colouring letters and talcs fantastically with fever, robbers and reptiles The three favourite themes of these vaunting rather than evilly disposed raconteurs are, the audacious mul titude of snakes the malignant prevalence of fever and the beauty universal of the dark-eyed semi ritas.

But this is not to infer that all travel in South America is luxurious or even agreeable. It depends on where you journey. To all the importantcentres you may go comfortably. You can ascend the Amazon, the Parana, the Magdalena, and the Lower Orinoco, to San Fernando on the Apure, by excellent steamers.

In a sleeper from Buenos Aires on the Atlantic sid i you can cross the Andes through a tunnel to Valparaiso, on the Pacific. In comfortable railway coaches you can travel far in Argentine, see something of Venezuela, Chile and Brazil, and in Peru and Ecuador enjoy two train trips reckoned among the famous of the world...



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