Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws

Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws

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The son of a naturalist, William Bartram (1739-1823) was commissioned to undertake a tour of south-eastern North America in 1773. Collecting seeds, taking specimens and making meticulous drawings and observations of previously unknown flora and fauna, his four-year expedition took him from the foothills of the Appalachians, through Florida and on to the Mississippi. First published in 1791, within ten years this account had been translated into German, French and Dutch. A unique historical record now, and of particular interest at the time, his accounts of the Seminole, Creek and Cherokee Indians were seen by contemporaries as being sympathetic towards peoples commonly regarded as little better than savages, but his writings persuaded others of the need for a more humane approach to the indigenous people. This work influenced not only scientists, but writers such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, and it remains a classic of American science, history and literature.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139058916
  • 9781139058919

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction; 1. The author embarks at Philadelphia; 2. Embarks again for Georgia and arrives at Savanna; 3. Crosses the river at Fort Barrington and arrives at St. Ille; 4. Sets off from Savanna to Augusta, one hundred sixty-five miles North-West from the sea coast; 5. The author leaves Broughton island and ascends the Alatamaha; Part II: 1. Sets off from Savanna to East Florida, proceeding by land to the Alatamaha; 2. Leaves Frederica for the lower trading-house on St. Juan's; 3. Leaves Amerlia Island and arrives at the Cowford, on the river St. Juan's; 4. Proceeds farther up the river; 5. Provides for continuing his voyage higher up the river, engages an Indian to assist in navigating his bark, and sets sail, the Indian becomes tired and requests to be set on shore; 6. Proceeds on a journey to Cuscowilla; 7. Sets out again on a journey to Talahsochte; 8. The author makes an excursion again up St. Juan's to Lake George; 9. Indian warriors, their frolic; 10. Farther account of the rattle snake; 11. Visits an Indian village on the river; Part III: 1. The author sets out for the Cherokee territories; 2. Proceeds for Fort James, Dartmouth; 3. Oncone vale; 4. Sets off from Whatogao to the Overhills towns; 5. Sets off from Dartmouth to the Upper Creeks and Chactaws country; 6. Proceeds, and after three days journey arrives at Tallase, on the Tallapoose river; 7. Leaves Mobile for Manchac on the Mississippi; 8. Leaves Mobile on his return; 9. Short excursion in the South of Georgia; 10. Proceeds for Charleston; Part IV: 1. Persons, character, and qualifications of the Aborigines; 2. Government and civil society; 3. Dress, feasts, and divertisements; 4. Concerning property, agriculture, arts, and manufactures; 5. Marriages and funeral rites; 6. Language and monuments; Index.show more