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T h u s there arrived in Brazil, in addition to the French writer Ferdinand Denis (1798-1890), w h o remained there from 1 8 1 7 to 1821, painters such as N i c o l a s A n t o i n e T a u n a y (1755—1830) and Jean-Baptiste Debret ( 1 7 6 8 1848) (members, a m o n g others, of the French Artistic M i s s i o n , contracted in 1816 by the government to found an A c a d e m y of Fine Arts), and Johann M o r i t s Rugendas (1802-1858), A i m e - A d r i e n T a u n a y (1803-1828), and Hercules Florence (1804-1879), part of the Langsdorf M i s s i o n ( 1 8 2 4 1829), under the sponsorship of Russia.

T h a t heterogeneous membership, bring­ ing together men of letters w h o were not specialists, facilitated the confluence of literary history and general history, w h i c h began to be written based on the collection of firsthand documents. It is not by chance, therefore, that the matrix of Brazilian literary history resulted from the conjunction of the efforts of these men of letters, principally from the w o r k of t w o of them: M a g a l h á e s - at once "pioneer of literary nationalism," and "herald of Brazilian R o m a n t i c i s m " [and] 11 1 2 M a n o e l Luiz L i m a , Salgado G u i m a r á e s , "Idéias filosóficas e sociais e estruturas de poder no Segundo R e i n a d o , " Origens do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Brasileiro, ed.

V a r n h a g e n attributes the delay in this literary activity - w h i c h did not begin with the occupation of the land, contrasting with the colonial literature of Spanish A m e r i c a - to the predatory and exploratory objectives of the initial colonial undertaking. T h o s e " a m b i t i o u s for g l o r y " t o o k part in the conquests of Asia and Africa, while " n o poets travelled" to B r a z i l . Poets did travel to Spanish A m e r i c a , a source of glory for the Spaniards w h o there found their Indies.

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