Austrian expedition to Brazil

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– History:
– Austrian expedition to Brazil organized and financed by the Austrian Empire from 1817 to 1835.
– Main supporter was Austrian statesman Prince Metternich.
– Associated with the marriage of Dom Pedro of Brazil and Archduchess Leopoldine of Austria.
– Overall planning overseen by Metternich, scientific planning by Carl Franz von Schreibers.
– Contingent included fourteen naturalists and artists like Johann Christian Mikan and Thomas Ender.

– References:
– Bettina Kann’s work on the Austrian Brazil expedition with focus on ethnographic results.
– Christa Riedl-Dorn’s study on Johann Natterer and the Austrian Brazil expedition.
– Robert Steinle’s dissertation on the historical background of the Austrian Brazil expedition.

– Sources:
– Detailed information available on the German Wikipedia page “de:Österreichische Brasilien-Expedition”.

– External links:
– Colecção de Johann Natterer in the Museum für Völkerkunde.
– Virtual course of the expedition in German.

– Additional information:
– A thirteen-room Brazilian Museum with 133,000 objects from the expedition was opened to the public.
– The museum was closed in 1836, and its contents were integrated with the Hof-Naturalienkabinette, now the Natural History Museum of Vienna.
– The expedition had significant scientific contributions from individuals like Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius and Johann Baptist von Spix.
– Ferdinand Dominik Sochor, an Imperial hunter and skilled taxidermist, was part of the expedition.
– The expedition’s legacy includes a rich collection of objects and specimens that contributed to the scientific understanding of Brazil.

The Austrian expedition to Brazil (German: Österreichische Brasilien-Expedition) was a scientific expedition which explored Brazil. It was organized and financed by the Austrian Empire from 1817 to 1835.

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