Lecture: "The Trindade Island, Brazil: An Environmental History's Case Report"
Wed, April 10, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Hackett Room, SRH 1.313
The history of Trindade Island, Brazil, includes turbulent disputes over its control by Brazil and England, episodes of shipwrecks, and forays by pirates in search of legendary treasure. The island witnessed the acclimation of domestic animals, starting in the eighteenth century, and also the extinction of original plantlife and the endangerment of native species. In the nineteenth century, a visionary gentleman in the United States projected on the island his dreams for the creation of a utopian kingdom. Since the 1950s, the work of various Brazilian scientists and of the Brazilian Navy has been paving the way for the island’s environmental recovery. Throughout the last decades, this island has been serving not only as a metaphor for global environmental challenges but also as a laboratory for conservationist measures.
Regina Horta Duarte is Full Professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her publications include A Imagem Rebelde (1991), Noites Circenses (1995), História e Natureza (2005), and A Biologia Militante (2010). She has also published essays in Latin American Research Review, Environmental History, Journal of Latin American History, Luso-Brazilian Review, and several Brazilian journals. She is member of the Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA), and Editor in Chief of HALAC (Historia Ambiental Latinoamericana y Caribeña, online journal of SOLCHA).
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