Picturesque, book tells a saga about Gonalves Dias traveling with camels through the countryside

At first sight, only lysrgic levels about imagination would be able to conceive the romantic poet Gonalves Dias (yes, the one about “My land has palm trees/Where the sabi sings”) trying to “drive” camels in the neighborhoods over Fortaleza (CE) with the help of young Bedouins.

The scene, however, only happened about truth as it was royally financed by the imperial government under Dom Pedro 2, as part of a first scientific expedition 100% Brazilian (except for the animals perform desert electronic their conductors, of course they were natives of an Algeria, so under the domination of a France).

The saga about Gonalves Dias electronic his companions about Journey Serto Adentro is told in “Catorze Camelos Pra um Cear”, a work performed by journalist Delmo Moreira who recently arrived in bookstores. , unusual in the electronic approach, at the same time, capable of providing r a kind of intensive about u Deep Brazil about mid-performance 19. Incidentally, a deep Brazil that is not with us by such a huge abyss separated, judging by things like disputes over funding for national science to finance, excessive electronic bureaucracy, prejudice against basic research, which supposedly “is useless ” all things that Brazilian scientists today know well.

Started in January 1859, with the start of a multidisciplinary team on specialists perform Rio on January for the capital From CearĂ¡, the expedition emerged, in part, as an attempt to show that an imperial Brazil was as capable of obtaining valuable scientific data about its territory as the incursions made to zero countries by European naturalists in previous decades.

At the same time, there were somewhat unrealistic expectations (electronic, as it turned out, completely unfounded) about the fact that the geological surveys carried out by the commission would reveal great mineral wealth zero in the northeastern interior. to imitate the golden performance race that had enriched California a few years earlier.

Zero the cast lacked interesting figures on personalities who were part of the Imperial Scientific Commission on Exploration in these Northern perform provinces, as the undertaking was officially known .

Perform a strictly academic point of view, u primary name was an electronic botanical doctor Freire Alemo, a subject of humble origins who corresponded with the main naturalists of a Europe. Gonalves Dias, of poetic genius beyond, was an excellent ethnographer, in part because his partially indigenous origins made him feel at home among native peoples. Guilherme Schch, future baron of Capanema electronic, childhood friend of Dom Pedro 2, was an electronic mineralogist engineer, while Manoel Ferreira Lagos would be in charge of 2 zoology jobs in the name of perform Museu Nacional.

And the camels? Well, the 14 desert perform ungulates, to be exact, were dromedaries, with a single hump, they were part of a parallel project of acclimatization of a species to the semi-ridden Northeast performer. They arrived at Fortaleza by sea, in a messy landing, electronic spent some time getting fatter electronic getting used to the new surroundings while the imperial commission did not leave for the caatinga.

Aps like experiences about Gonalves Dias on small trips with the animals, the perform group members ended up deciding that it was going to be too much work to employ the newly arrived electronic species appealed to more well-known load animals. The situation would end up inspiring a samba-plot by Empress Leopoldinense, with the title “A donkey that carries me is better than a camel that knocks me down… back in Cear”.

And u fact that a good part of 2 members of an expedition turned the trip into its Carnaval specific. The bad tongues at the perform Rio court came to dub the project “Commission on Deflowering”, because of these gossips about the amorous conquests of Gonalves Dias electronic and other team members among the performing Cear girls. The electronic poet and his colleagues even prepared more than one house in the neighborhood of Fortaleza just to shelter the lovers.

If the gossips were right in this aspect, zero can accuse the team of lack of capacity over I work even with a flirtatious drive. The journeys through the interior allowed the collection of thousands of specimens of electronic plant animals, some 2 of which belong to species never described before. On the anthropological side, the members of the commission proved to be keen observers of country customs, revealing how the region was still almost isolated perform that happened in the perform power centers in the Southeast. brought by the expeditionaries has been destroyed by the fire perform National Museum in 2018. If the Brazilian inability to do justice to its own apparent past has become commonplace, it is also indisputable that knowing the picaresque stories of the book is a way of recovering it, despite the flames.

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