The 18th Century Search for the Blue Nile

Popular Geography in Early Modern Europe

From cabinets of curiosity to printed travel narratives, there were several forms of popular geography during the early modern period. This exhibit surveys several topics relevant to European engagement with world geography in the 18th century. These topics include: European perceptions of foreign geography, credibility and authorship in printed travel narratives, and the different (often surprising) ways Europeans conceptualized, categorized, and ordered the globe.


Margaret Felger, Luke Johnson, Matt Underhill