Patagonia: A Cultural History

Patagonia: A Cultural History

by Chris Moss

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Patagonia is the ultimate landscape of the mind. Like Siberia and the Sahara, it has become a metaphor for nothingness and extremity. Its frontiers have stretched beyond the political boundaries of Argentina and Chile to encompass an evocative idea of place. A vast triangle at the southern tip of the New World, this region of barren steppes, soaring peaks and fierce winds was populated by small tribes of hunter-gatherers and roaming nomads when Ferdinand Magellan made landfall in 1520. A fateful moment for the natives, this was the start of an era of adventure and exploration. Soon Sir Francis Drake and John Byron, and sailors from Europe and America, would be exploring Patagonia’s bays and inlets, mapping fjords and channels, whaling, sifting the streams for gold in the endless search for Eldorado. As the land was opened up in the nineteenth century, a crazed Frenchman declared himself King. A group of Welsh families sailed from Liverpool to Northern Patagonia to found a New Jerusalem in the desert. Further down the same river, Butch and Sundance took time out from bank robbing to run a small ranch near the Patagonian Andes. All these, and later travel writers, have left sketches and records, memoirs and diaries evoking Patagonia’s grip on the imagination. From the empty plains to the crashing seas, from the giant dinosaur fossils to glacial sculptures, the landscape has inspired generations of travellers and artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908493347
Publisher: Andrews UK
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Landscapes of the Imagination , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Chris Moss is a travel writer and a former journalist at The Buenos Aires Herald. He lives in the UK and is currently Travel Editor at TimeOut London.

Table of Contents

1. The Last Days of Shorr: Patagonia's Indigenous Myths
2. The Invention of Patagonia: Magellan and Drake
3. Port Famine: Sarmiento de Gamboa
4. The English Mariners: Cavendish, Davis, Byron
5. Unreal Cities: Founding Fathers and Fantasists
6. Sounding the Soul: FitzRoy, Darwin and Jemmy Button
7. Y Wladfa: The Welsh in Patagonia
8. King of Patagonia: Orllie Antoine and the Araucanos
9. Mystical Twitcher: W. H. Hudson
10. Patagonia Conquered, 1870-1922
11. Taming the Wind: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
12. Reclaiming Territory: Latin American Narratives
13. Minimal Stories: Film and Music in Patagonia
14. Chatwin, Theroux and the Travel Writers
Postscript: Deconstructing Patagonia: The Brand, the Brochures and Juan Baudrillard
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