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A Journey in Brazil

- By Louis Agassiz Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
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TABLE OF CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK TO RIO DE JANEIRO.
First Sunday at Sea.-Gulf Stream.-Gulf-Weed.-Lectures proposed.-First Lecture: On the Gulf Stream in the Gulf Stream.-Aquarium established on board.-Second Lecture.-Rough Sea.-Peculiar Tint of Water.-Third Lecture: Laying out Work of Expedition in Brazil; Distribution of Fishes in Brazilian Rivers; its Bearing on Origin of Species; Collecting of Eggs.-Tropical Sunset.-Fourth Lecture: Plan of Geological Investigations with special reference to Glacial Phenomena in South America.-Flying-Fish.-Fifth Lecture: Glacial Phenomena, continued.-Second Sunday at Sea.-Rough Water.-Sixth Lecture: Embryological Investigations as a Guide to sound Classification.-Seventh Lecture.-Moonlight Nights.-Trade-Winds.-Eighth Lecture: Importance of Precision in Localizing Specimens.-Southern Cross.-Ninth Lecture: Fresh-water Fishes of Brazil.-Easter Sunday.-First Sight of South American Shore.-Olinda.-Pernambuco.-Catamarans.-Tenth Lecture: Methods of Collecting.-Eleventh Lecture: Classification of Fishes as illustrated by Embryology.-Preparations for Arrival.-Twelfth Lecture: Practical Lesson in Embryology.-Closing Lecture: Transmutation Theory; Intellectual and Political Independence.-Resolutions and Speeches.-Singular Red Patches on the Surface of the Sea.
CHAPTER II. RIO DE JANEIRO AND ITS ENVIRONS.-JUIZ DE FORA.
Arrival.-Aspect of Harbor and City.-Custom-House.-First Glimpse of Brazilian Life.-Negro Dance.-Effect of Emancipation in United States upon Slavery in Brazil.-First Aspect of Rio de Janeiro on Land.-Picturesque Street Groups.-Eclipse of the Sun.-At Home in Rio.-Larangeiras.-Passeio Publico.-Excursion on the Dom Pedro Railroad.-Visit of the Emperor to the Colorado.-Cordiality of the Government to the Expedition.-Laboratory.-Botanical Garden.-Alley of Palms.-Excursion to the Corcovado.-Juiz de Fora Road.-Petropolis.-Tropical Vegetation.-Ride from Petropolis to Juiz de Fora.-Visit to Senhor Lage.-Excursion to the Forest of the Empress.-Visit to Mr. Halfeld.-Return to Rio.-News of the Great Northern Victories, and of the President's Assassination
xiiCHAPTER III. LIFE IN RIO CONTINUED.-FAZENDA LIFE.
Botafogo.-Insane Hospital.-Tijuca.-Erratic Drift.-Vegetation.-Birthday Dinner.-Arrangements for Parties to the Interior.-Public Lectures in Rio.-Procession of St. George.-Leave Rio on Excursion to the Fortaleza de Santa Anna.-Localities for Erratic Drift between Rio and Petropolis.-Departure from Juiz de Fora.-Arrival at the Fazenda. Ride in the Forest.-Eve of San João.-Cupim Nests.-Excursion to the Upper Fazenda.-Grand Hunt.-Picnic.-Coffee Plantation.-Return to Rio.-Mimic Snow-Fields.-Coffee Insect spinning its Nest.-Visit to the Fazenda of Commendador Breves.-Botanizing Excursion to Tijuca.-Preparations for leaving Rio.-Major Coutinho.-Collegio Dom Pedro Segundo.
CHAPTER IV. VOYAGE UP THE COAST TO PARÁ.
On board the Cruzeiro do Sul.-Members of the Party.-Arrival at Bahia.-Day in the Country.-Return to the Steamer.-Conversation about Slavery in Brazil.-Negro Marriages.-Maceio.-Pernambuco.-Parahyba do Norte.-Ramble on Shore.-Ceará.-Difficult Landing.-Brazilian Baths.-Maranham.-Assai Palm.-Visit to Orphan Asylum.-Detained in Port.-Variety of Medusæ.-Arrival of American Gunboat.-More Medusæ.-Dinner on Shore.-Cordiality toward the Expedition.-Arrival at Pará.-Kind Reception.-Environs of Pará.-Luxuriant Growth.-Markets.-Indian Boats.-Agreeable Climate.-Excursion in the Harbor.-Curious Mushroom.-Success in collecting, with the assistance of our Host and other Friends.-Fishes of the Forests.-Public Expressions of Sympathy for the Expedition.-Generosity of the Amazonian Steamship Company.-Geological Character of the Shore from Rio to Pará.-Erratic Drift.-Letter to the Emperor.
CHAPTER V. FROM PARÁ TO MANAOS.
xiiiFirst Sunday on the Amazons.-Geographical Question.-Convenient Arrangements of Steamer.-Vast Dimensions of the River.-Aspect of Shores.-Village of Breves.-Letter about Collections.-Vegetation.-Variety of Palms.-Settlement of Tajapuru.-Enormous Size of Leaves of the Miriti Palm.-Walk on Shore.-Indian Houses.-Courtesy of Indians.-Row in the Forest.-Town of Gurupá.-River Xingu.-Color of Water.-Town of Porto do Moz.-Flat-topped Hills of Almeyrim.-Beautiful Sunset.-Monte Alégre.-Character of Scenery and Soil.-Santarem.-Send off Party on the River Tapajoz.-Continue up the Amazons.-Pastoral Scenes on the Banks.-Town of Villa Bella.-Canoe Journey at Night.-Esperança's Cottage.-Picturesque Scene at Night.-Success in Collecting.-Indian Life.-Making Farinha.-Dance in the Evening.-Howling Monkeys.-Religious Impressions of Indians.-Cottage of Maia.-His Interest in Educating his Children.-Return to Steamer.-Scientific Results of the Excursion.

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Lecture : an educational talk to an audience, especially to students in a university or college.

Vegetation : plants considered collectively, especially those found in a particular area or habitat

Plantation : an estate on which crops such as coffee, sugar, and tobacco are cultivated by resident labor.

Dimension : a measurable extent of some kind, such as length, breadth, depth, or height

Drift : be carried slowly by a current of air or water

Tint : a shade or variety of a color

Excursion : a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity

Chapter : a main division of a book, typically with a number or title.

Insect : a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings

Reception : the action or process of receiving something sent, given, or inflicted

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