The Royal Geographical Society and Its Activities Related to Anatolia


Founded in London in 1830, The Royal Geographical Society's most important mission was to contribute to the development of British geography, to promote and finance scientific discoveries. In order to publish the conclusions of the discoveries to which the Society supported, the society started publishing “The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London” in 1831. This journal served as an important publication for the maps, road information and new geographical information prepared by the explorers. In this context, Anatolia was visited by British researchers since the 1830s when British interest emerged with British consulates established in different cities. The impressions of these specialists, which based on their journeys in Anatolia, have an important role in the recognition of Anatolian geography. Some of the reports of these experts were published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London. In this context, this study will try to give information about the geographical-scientific activities of the society on Anatolia based on the reports published in the journal and prepared by the persons who were assigned by the society or consuls in the region between 1835 and 1845. 

Keywords: Royal Geographical Society, Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Anatolia, Geographical Journeys. 

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