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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[3, 11] Embarks again for Georgia and arrives at Savanna — proceeds Southward and arrives at Sunbury — observations on the town, harbour, and the island of St. Catharine, its soil and productions — account of the establishment of St.
... rich iron ore — arrives at Talahasochte on the river Little St. Juans — describes the town and river — Indian canoes — their voyages and traffic — Indian voyage to Cuba — a fishing party and naval race — an excursion to the Manatee ...
crosses Savanna river — violent gust of rain — curious species of jEsculus pavia — town of Senica — fort Prince George, Keowe — describes the country — Ocone vale — monuments of the ancient town — crosses the mountains — their situation ...
 Set off from Whatoga to the Overhill towns — Jore village — Roaring Creek — the Author and his guide part ... curious plant — Rocky Comfort — Ocone old town — migration of the Ocones — crosses the river — fords the Oakmulge at the ...
cola — cordially received by governor Chester — some account of the town — discovers a new and beautiful species of Sarracenia — returns to Mobile. chap. vii.  Leaves Mobile for Manchac on the Mississipi — proceeds by water to ...
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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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