A Journal of Travel into the Arkansa Territory, during the Year 1819

A Journal of Travel into the Arkansa Territory, during the Year 1819 : With Occasional Observations on the Manners of the Aborigines

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Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859), an English-born scientist and Fellow of the Linnean Society, is well-known for his botanical and zoological discoveries in North America. By the time this book was first published in 1821, he had spent ten years travelling and recording the natural history of the continent. Nuttall's journal recounts a year-long expedition along the Arkansas River, where he collected and classified many previously unknown species of plants. The book begins with Nuttall's departure from Philadelphia and ends with his arrival in New Orleans. The intermediary chapters include an eclectic mix of geographical and botanical description, travellers' tales, and observations on the various Native Americans Nuttall encountered: his writings demonstrate the great admiration he held for these 'aborigines'. The work also includes substantial appendices which outline the history and customs of the indigenous populations in greater detail.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139058762
  • 9781139058766

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Departure from Philadelphia; 2. Departure from Pittsburgh; 3. Departure from Shippingsport; 4. Embark amidst the ice of the Mississippi; 5. Pass the third Chicasaw Bluff; 6. Proceed up White River for the Arkansa; 7. Departure from Arkansas; 8. Pass several inconsiderable rivulets, and obtain sight of the Tomahawk Mountain and the Gascon hills; 9. Journey to Red River; 10. Continue my voyage up the Arkansa; 11. Character of the surrounding country of the Verdigris River; 12. An excursion up Grand River to visit the Osage salt works; 13. Interviews with the Osages; 14. Journey by land to the Great Salt River of the Arkansa; 15. Proceed from the garrison to the Pecannerie settlement; 16. Cadron settlement; Appendix.show more