The general character of
this book is that of a Narrative of Travel and Adventure in hitherto
unexplored regions; nearly one-half of the time over which its pages
extend having been spent by the author in the great forests of the
remote interior of Brazil, in the midst of wild scenes of savage nature,
where no civilised man had before penetrated, and where, for weeks and
months together, the normal condition of existence was an unceasing
struggle with every natural surrounding.
On the other hand, nine months were passed in travelling about amongst
the various colonies and settlements formed on the border-lands of the
still untamed forests, and some pains were taken to collect therefrom
such information as might be of more especial interest to the emigrant
or colonist, or indeed to all who have the welfare of our large surplus
population at heart.
It is hoped therefore that the pages now offered to the public will have
the effect of throwing a little introduction, more light upon a country
which of late years has gained, somewhat unreasonably, an unenviable
reputation amongst this same emigration class in England, than that
which has hitherto been reflected from the writings of aggrieved or
indignant correspondents in our journals.
A few words with reference to the illustrations which accompany this
work. The majority of these are from original sketches made on the spot,
and as such, therefore, may fairly lay claim to being more than usually
accurate representations of the scenes and subjects they profess to
portray. The best thanks of the author are due to his friends Mr. G.
Selwyn Edwards and Mr. John H. Morant for the prompt kindness with which
they placed the contents of their portfolios at his disposal for this
The Map at the end of this volume is in great part original, and is
wholly compiled from recent surveys of competent and responsible
engineers, namely, the brothers Keller, Herr Swartz, and the various
members of the Parana and Matto Grosso Survey Expedition.
It is inserted here by permission of the Council of the Royal
Geographical Society, to whom the draft was originally presented by the
Reigate, October 1877.
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