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Frontier Naturalist : Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas

By: Lawson, Russell M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (286 p.).ISBN: 9780826352194.Subject(s): Berlandier, Jean Louis, d. 1851 -- Travel | Explorers -- Mexico, North -- Biography | Explorers -- Texas, South -- Biography | Mexico, North -- Description and travel | Natural history -- Mexico, North | Natural history -- Texas, South | Naturalists -- France -- Biography | Scientific expeditions -- Mexico, North -- History -- 19th century | Scientific expeditions -- Texas, South -- History -- 19th century | Texas, South -- Description and travelGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Frontier Naturalist : Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and TexasDDC classification: 508.72 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1: Savant of Matamoros; 2: Lock of the Rhône; 3: Río Pánuco; 4: The Arms of God; 5: River of the Comanches; 6: Father of Waters; 7: Waters of the High Sierra; 8: Río Bravo del Norte; 9: River of Death; Appendix One: Fauna and Flora Named for Jean Louis Berlandier; Appendix Two: Chronology of the Journeys of Jean Louis Berlandier; Notes; Sources Consulted; Index; Back Cover
Summary: In 1826, Jean Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist, was part of a team sent to explore what is now northern Mexico and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Here, historian Russell Lawson tells the story of this multinational expedition, using Berlandier's copious records as a way of conveying his view of the natural environment.
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Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1: Savant of Matamoros; 2: Lock of the Rhône; 3: Río Pánuco; 4: The Arms of God; 5: River of the Comanches; 6: Father of Waters; 7: Waters of the High Sierra; 8: Río Bravo del Norte; 9: River of Death; Appendix One: Fauna and Flora Named for Jean Louis Berlandier; Appendix Two: Chronology of the Journeys of Jean Louis Berlandier; Notes; Sources Consulted; Index; Back Cover

In 1826, Jean Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist, was part of a team sent to explore what is now northern Mexico and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Here, historian Russell Lawson tells the story of this multinational expedition, using Berlandier's copious records as a way of conveying his view of the natural environment.

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This is the fullest study to date of an important figure in the history of scientific exploration of North America. Berlandier (1805?-51) was a French-born, Swiss-trained naturalist who immigrated to Mexico in 1826 and served on a military-scientific boundary commission that took him to northeastern Mexico, including Texas. He collected the area's flora and fauna assiduously, made astronomical and meteorological observations, studied Indian cultures, and painted and sketched much of what he saw. The terrain frequently reminded him of his alpine European homeland. Berlandier took up residence in Matamoros, where he made a living as a physician and apothecary. He also served his adopted country as a medical officer in the Mexican War. He died soon after by drowning. Lawson (Bacone College) tells the story in rich detail, basing it largely on Berlandier's published and unpublished writings. An American soldier-scientist, Darius N. Couch, purchased the naturalist's papers from his widow. They are now found mostly in various US repositories. The book will find use mainly among graduate students and professional historians. Nevertheless, it can be used to advantage by advanced undergraduates at institutions with strong programs and library holdings in Spanish borderlands history. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. Brodhead formerly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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