John Sundman
John Sundman asked Jeff VanderMeer:

Was Ambergris inspired by or does it allude to the European "discovery" of South America in general, & the Amazon river in particular?

Jeff VanderMeer John--good question. Not specifically, but it's possible on a subconscious level. Latin American history was my minor in college. I definitely was thinking of so many real-world examples of colonization.

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