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La botanique dans le Pacifique Sud (1766-1804) : de la collecte de la nature à la diffusion du savoir en Europe

Abstract : This memoir is devoted to synthesizing existing research on the stages of the construction and dissemination of botanical knowledge at the end of the eighteenth century, focused on the South Pacific. Based on instructions, travel relationships and scientific and extension publications related to expedition results, it defines the stakes of the exploration of the region, born of the will to verify the myth of the southern continent and the idea of a nature useful for the progress of humanity, concept directly linked to the universal diffusion of knowledge’s ideal of the Enlightenment. We evoke the path followed by the plants, from the often risky conditions of harvest, to their study and their conservation by the naturalists and the scientist institutions, who centralise the knowledge before it is distributed on a European scale, with catalogues, newspapers or illustrated dictionaries as supports. Illustration occupies an important place in this propagation of knowledge, since it serves the training of scientists as much as it looks at the world for exoticism.
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Ambre Genke Lhommeau. La botanique dans le Pacifique Sud (1766-1804) : de la collecte de la nature à la diffusion du savoir en Europe. Histoire. 2021. ⟨dumas-03390306⟩

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