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1841Central AmericaFrederick Catherwood (17991854) and John Lloyd Stephens (18051852) publish Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan.
1848North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer
Straw-hatted gold miner 
1850 (ca)
Start of the Gold Rush with the vast movements of migrants leading to the establishment of California in 1850.
1851Europe • Great BritainThe Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations at Hyde Park in London promoted by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Louis Jules Duboscq exhibits a Brewster stereograph viewer and it attracts the attention of Queen Victoria.
1852North America • USAUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (18111896) is published.
1853North America • USANew York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
1854Asia • Japan 
Eliphalet Brown
Eliphalet M. Brown Jr. shooting Daguerreotypes in Okinawa 
Japan is opened to outside influences through the actions of Commodore Matthew Perry and his naval expeditions.
1854North America • USAHenry David Thoreau (18171862) publishes Walden, or, Life in the Woods.
1859Europe • Great Britain 
Unidentified photographer
Charles Darwin 
Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species

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