Russell M. Lawson's Frontier Naturalist: Jean Louis Berlandier and the PDF

By Russell M. Lawson

ISBN-10: 0826352170

ISBN-13: 9780826352170

this can be a real tale of discovery and discoverers in what used to be the northern frontier area of Mexico within the years sooner than the Mexican conflict. In 1826, while the tale starts off, the quarter used to be claimed by means of either Mexico and the us. Neither nation knew a lot concerning the lands crossed by way of such rivers because the Guadalupe, Brazos, Nueces, Trinity, and Rio Grande. Jean Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist, was once a part of a group despatched out via the Mexican Boundary fee to discover the world. His function was once to gather specimens of wildlife and to checklist designated observations of the landscapes and peoples wherein the exploring social gathering traveled. His observations, together with sketches and work of vegetation, landmarks, and American Indians, have been the 1st compendium of clinical observations of the sector to be amassed and finally published.

Here, historian Russell Lawson tells the tale of this multinational day trip, utilizing Berlandier’s copious documents as a fashion of conveying his view of the typical setting. Lawson’s narrative permits us to see over Berlandier’s shoulder as he traveled and recorded his reports. Berlandier and Lawson exhibit us an the United States that now not exists.


Russell M. Lawson, professor of heritage at Bacone university, is the writer of a number of different books on exploration, so much lately The Land among the Rivers: Thomas Nuttall’s Ascent of the Arkansas, 1819. He lives in damaged Arrow, Oklahoma.

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