By William Henry Edwards
William H. Edwards (1822-1909) used to be an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical research. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized excursion to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from big apple, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. knowledgeable observer, Edwards describes in attention-grabbing aspect the animals, vegetation and geography of the area, speaking his satisfaction at each one discovery. Highlights of the amount contain brilliant depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique end result and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used by means of either the naturalist and the overall reader, this e-book will captivate someone attracted to the historical past of go back and forth and exploration, in addition to the improvement of medical research within the tropics.
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Thus he was contented. " The wood used in the steam-mill was brought up by canoes, and exchanged for broken rice. It was handsome split wood, tough as hickory, and of varieties generally capable of a fine polish. Most of those who brought it were women, and they threw it out and piled it, as though they were not unaccustomed to the labour. There was one little boy, of not more than nine years, who used to paddle alone a small montaria, unload his wood, buy his rice, and return with the tide. ] HAMMOCKS—VAMPIRE-BATS.
One of these men was an old salt, battered and worn ; the other was a young fellow of twenty, with a good-looking face and nut-brown skin, wearing upon his head a slouched felt hat, and, altogether the very image of peasant figures seen in Spanish paintings. Not at all disturbed by our dissatisfied looks and ominous grumblings, they coolly stretched themselves out upon the seats, and started up a wild song, the burden of which was of love and the dark-eyed CHAP. J NIGHT UPON THE WATER—RICE-MILLS.
A colony which had settled upon a tall palm near the mill was one night entirely robbed of eggs by a lizard. Snakes are sometimes the depredators, and, between all their enemies, the poor birds of every species are robbed repeatedly. Probably owing to this cause it is very unusual to find more than two eggs in one nest. The red-rumped troopials shot in this place were of different sizes, some being several inches longer than others, although all were in mature plumage. Their nests were perhaps larger than those of the japims, but differed in no other respect.
A Voyage up the River Amazon: Including a Residence at Pará by William Henry Edwards