The Travels of William Bartram
University of Georgia Press, 1998 - 727 Seiten
For years, serious naturalists have treasured their copies of Francis Harper's naturalist's edition of The Travels of William Bartram as the definitive version of Bartram's pioneering survey. Complete with notes and commentary, an annotated index, maps, a bibliography, and a general index, this classic is now back in print for the first time in decades. Harper's knowledge of natural history transforms Bartram's accounts of the southern states from a curious record of personal observation from the past into a guidebook useful to modern biologists, historians, ornithologists, and ethnologists.
In 1773 the naturalist and writer William Bartram set out from Philadelphia on a four-year journey ranging from the Carolinas to Florida and Mississippi. For Bartram it was the perfect opportunity to pursue his interest in observing and drawing plants and birds. Combining precise and detailed scientific observations with a profound appreciation of nature, he produced a written account of his journey that would later influence both scientists and poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Bartram was among the first to integrate scientific observations and personal commentary. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he condemned the idea that nature was simply a resource to be consumed. Instead, he championed the aesthetic and scientific values of an "infinite variety of animated scenes, inexpressibly beautiful and pleasing." From his field journals he prepared a report for his benefactor and a larger report for the public. The former was rediscovered much later and published in 1943; the latter was published in 1791 and became the basis for the modern Bartram's Travels.
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... St. John's district and Midway meeting-house — description of a beautiful fish — proceeds for the river Alatamaha, description of a tremendous thunder storm — crosses the river at fort Barring- ton and arrives at St. Ille — passes ...
V.  The Author leaves Broughton island and ascends the Alatamaha — night scene — a tempest — description of the river — ruins of an ancient fortification — Indian monuments at the Oakmulge fields — Creeks, account of their ...
tired and requests to be set on shore — encamps at a delightful Orange grove— continues again alone up the river: description of the Palma Elate: enters the Little Lake and comes to camp at an Orange grove — fight of alligators; ...
 Visits an Indian village on the river — water melon feast — description of the banqueting-house — makes an excursion across the river; great dangers in crossing; lands on the opposite shore — discovers a bee tree, which yielded a ...
... the Ocones — crosses the river — fords the Oakmulge at the Oakmulge fields — Stoney Creek — Great and Little Tabosachte — new species of Hydrangia — crosses Flint River — describes the country — persecuted by extraordinary heats and ...
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through and describes the sound c leaves Amelia island and arrives
at Mount Royaldescribes the mount Indian highway c beautiful
crosses the mountainstheir situation views and productionsrests
vi 237 251
colacordially received by governor Chestersome account of
for the Creek nationhis horse tiresis in great distressmeets
in dignity and power is the great war chiefentirely independent
Warriorludicrous Indian farce relative to a rattle snakewar farce
vii chap xi 192
fine cultivated countrycrosses Savannariver and enters the state
viii CHAP IV 227
xi chap iv 325
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