Review of McCarthy’s Surveying and Exploring in Siam

In 1900, James McCarthy published an account of the 12 years he spent working in what was then Siam surveying the country, most commonly working for the crown to delineate the borders of the country. The interior of the Mekong region was, then as now, difficult to access because of the thickly forested mountains and the difficult river valleys, not to mention the dangers of disease (real overnight killers in those days) and wild animals, including rhinoceroses, tigers, snakes and crocodiles.

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