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A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesón’s destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon’s unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel’s quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesón’s survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Godin des Odonais, Isabelle de Grandmaison, -- b. 1728? -- Travel -- Amazon River Region.
Amazon River Region -- Description and travel.
Godin des Odonais, Jean, -- 1712-1792.
Mission g‚eod‚esique (France)
Scientific expeditions -- Ecuador -- History -- 18th century.
Ecuador -- Biography.
France -- Biography.