Also, please note that the book has the word "Amazon" in the plural as I have it spelled above! Was the river called Amazons in those days? And in England, the word "Amazon" is pronounced "Ama-zun" while in America, we say "Ama-ZAHN". You will notice this if you watch the next YouTube clip I have for you...
Even if you don't see the movie, read about Henry Walter Bates and his amazing life. I have a link for you here and here! Besides being a naturalist and explorer, he was also a singer and guitarist and you know that makes him special to me!
On a personal note, Richard and I walked past Burlington House once when we were in London and it looked so inviting, we just had to stop there and have a coffee in the courtyard. Read the links about Henry Bates and you will then know about Burlington House and the Linnean Society!
You never know who will be lurking in the shadows of these mighty gates!