Article ID: CBB028942640

Alexander Scott: Constructing a Legitimate Geography of the Sahara from a Captivity Narrative, 1821 (2016)

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Alexander Scott’s narrative of his captivity in the Sahara in the early nineteenth century presents a curious example of how information of foreign lands was received and legitimized in Britain. Through the input of individuals such as Joseph Banks and James Rennell, Scott’s tale was presented as an authoritative account of the inaccessible West African interior. This article pursues this process of authentication and demonstrates how elements of the editors” preconceived notion of the region colored the subsequent text and associated cartography., Le récit de la captivité d’Alexander Scott dans le Sahara au début du XIXe siècle constitue un exemple curieux sur la réception et la légitimation en Grande Bretagne d’informations portant sur des contrées lointaines. Grâce au rôle joué par des individus tels que Joseph Banks et James Rennell, l’histoire de Scott fut présentée comme un récit faisant autorité sur l’intérieur des territoires inaccessibles d’Afrique de l’ouest. Cet article poursuit ce processus d’authentification et démontre comment les notions préconçues des éditeurs sur la région eurent une large influence sur le texte et les cartes de Scott.

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Authors & Contributors
Wisnicki, Adrian S
Bassett, Thomas J.
Bederman, Sanford H.
Esteban, César
Marrero, Rita
Belmonte, Juan Antonio
Journals
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Journal of Historical Geography
International Journal of African Historical Studies
History in Africa
Geographical Review
Archeoastronomy (Supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy)
Publishers
National Museum of Australia Press
I. B. Tauris
Routledge
Concepts
Geography
Cartography
Maps; atlases
Environmental sciences
Scientific expeditions
Historiography
People
Ravenstein, Ernst Georg
MacQueen, James
Rimbaud, Arthur
De Foucauld, Charles
Livingstone, David
Kröpelin, Stefan
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
Renaissance
15th century
Places
Africa
Sahara
Great Britain
Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar)
Niger River
Australia
Institutions
Royal Geographical Society
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