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Jules Verne’s visits to Gibraltar in 1878 and 1884

Author(s): Ian Thompson | Philippe Valetoux

Journal: Verniana : Jules Verne Studies/Études Jules Verne
ISSN 1565-8872

Volume: 1;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Jules Verne | Gibraltar | 1878 | 1884 | Saint-Michel III

Gibraltar occupied a special place in Verne’s creative life, both as a geographical locale and as a symbol of British imperialism. He frequently alluded to Gibraltar in his Voyages extraordinaires and in his satirical short story, Gil Braltar he lampoons the Garrison which secured British control of the colony. This fascination with the “Rock” was greatly enhanced by the fact that he twice visited Gibraltar in the Saint-Michel III, in 1878 and 1884. This paper reconstructs the detail of these two visits by reference to Verne’s own rather terse notes in his carnets de voyage, and by fieldwork, interviews and archival work conducted in Gibraltar in 2008. Relevant features are indicated in the accompanying map. In addition, doubt is expressed on the version of events published by M. Allotte de la Fuÿe.
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