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By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical learn. First released in 1847, this is often 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 interesting element the animals, vegetation and geography of the sector, speaking his pride at every one discovery. Highlights of the amount comprise bright depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique culmination and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used via either the naturalist and the overall reader, this e-book will captivate an individual attracted to the heritage of shuttle and exploration, in addition to the advance of clinical learn within the tropics.

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Mr. Leavens was expecting us, and we were delighted once more to shake the hand of a warm-hearted countryman. Breakfast was upon the table, and here for the first time we ventured to test our capacities for fish and farinha. The fish was a hard case, coarser than shark-meat, and requiring an intimacy with vinegar and oil to remove its unpleasant rankness. Farinha was not so disagreeable, and we soon came to love it as do the natives. Indeed, long before our Amazonian experience had ended, we could relish the fish also as well as any Indian.

There are several varieties about Para. They are easily tamed, eating all sorts of vegetables and insects, particularly beetles, which they unhole from their hiding-places in the earth. I went one day with Alexander to the* margin of one of the lakes in the woods, to obtain specimens of a coveted beetle (Phanseus lancifer). W e found a number of their holes, reaching down to the level of the water, rather more than two feet. Fragments of wing-cases of the beetles were strewed about, and many holes of a larger size explained that the tatu had been before us.

IV. During the last few years the enrolment of Indians has been carried to an unprecedented extent, through apprehension of renewed disturbances. Since 1836 ten thousand young men are said to have been carried to the south, to the incalculable injury of the agricultural interest. As might be supposed, all this enlistment has not been voluntary. The police are constantly upon the alert for recruits, and the instant that a poor fellow sets foot within the city he is spirited away unless some protecting white is there to intercede in his behalf.

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