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Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira

Posted by Alix on 12 November 2007

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via BibliOddysey – Brazilian naturalist Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira travelled the interior of Brazil a few centuries ago, documenting the flora and fauna. They say it better, so here’s what BibliOddysey has on the subject:

Brazilian naturalist, Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira, (1756-1815) obtained his doctorate in natural history in Portugal and was commissioned by the Queen to explore the interior of his homeland. He spent nine years collecting and cataloguing specimens and travelling through the largely unexplored west and north of Brazil. The National Library of Brazil have a rather excellent and extensive collection of his (and accompanying illustrators) drawings (fauna and flora) in a website assembled to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth last year.

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