PDF The Natural History of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains 1819 1820
How is that Is it textbooky my husband asked as he saw
*me settling into a book we ve had on the shelf for *settling into a book we ve had on the shelf for least a decade The marvelous answer is Not at all It s an adventure story as interesting as Lewis and Clark s travels and part of the same eneral commission to explore the vast new lands ained through the Louisiana Purchase and in some ways interesting partly because it covers territory I know well and partly because it s so relatively unknown Howard Ensign Evans draws on the many published and unpublished notes and journals of the expedition to chronicle their journey from Pittsburgh to the Front Range of Colorado as an entomologist his focus perhaps overemphasizes the scientific discoveries of *THE PARTY BUT THESE ARE SO *party but these are so that he can be forgiven A very readable engaging account of the TWO YEAR EXPEDITION LED BY STEPHEN LONG IN 1819 year expedition led by Stephen Long in 1819 to explore what is now Colorado s Front Range find the headwaters of the South Platte and Arkansas rivers and trace the path of the Red River the boundary with Mexico of the Louisiana Purchase The account focuses on the natural history of the area since the author was a well known naturalist and entomologist himself but the boo. A little over 170 years ago hardly a moment on the clock of history one half of the United States was empty of all but Indians and the plants and ame on which they subsisted Indeed acuiring the Louisiana Territory approximately doubled the size of the United States adding 800000 suare miles of land that had scarcely been explored or adeuately mapped Americans would be iven an in depth look this rugged and untamed land only when Secretary of War John C Calhoun and President James Monroe agreed that a military presence at the mouth of the Yellowstone River near the boundary between North Dakota and Montana would impress the Indians and serve notice to Canadian trappers and traders that some of their favorite beaver country was now part of the United States In The Natural History of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains 1819 1820 Howard E Evans offers a colorful history of the expedition of Major Stephen H Long the first scientific exploration of the Louisiana Territory to be accompanied by tra. E and sketch specimens Titian Peale s sketches and drawings are my favorite so I also was disappointed when his work was just skimmed over and Say and James were focused on This book by Colorado State University entolomogists Howard and Mary Alice Evans provides as
The Subtitle States A Natural subtitle states a natural *of a rocky mountain river the cache la *a Rocky Mountain river the Cache la River which emerges from the tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park and mountainous areas to the north of the park and flows eastward areas to the north of the park and flows eastward onto the eastern Colorado plains to join the South Plate River In many ways this is a very personal book one chapter for example presents accounts of the authors explorations of four tributaries they have visited on many occasions While probably of reatest interest to people living in the Cache la Poudre watershed the book nonetheless does provide enough Dare Mighty Things general information about rivers draining eastward from the central Rocky Mountains to be a useful introduction to montane and plains river ecology Some of the details about the flora are a bit too detailed and a bit too specialized but otherwise I enjoyed and learned areat deal from reading this book I devoured it over the course of just a few day. Mour as he sketches in vivid detail the panorama of breathtaking peaks and prominent landforms travel along with Titian Peale as he visits the homes of Native Americans and records with an artist's keen eye and The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife gifted hand the intense beauty of this land's first inhabitants ando exploring with zoologist Thomas Say as he describes never before seen mammals birds amphibians reptiles and insects Beautifully illustrated with crisp reproductions of Peale and Seymour's art as well as photographs of the many plants and insects described by James and Say The Natural History of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains 1819 1820 offers a vivid account of this monumental expedition The story of the Long Expedition has been told before but without due recognition of the party's Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback great contributions to natural history Now anyone interested in the early history of the American West can witness for themselves how this vast and varied land looked and felt when it was first seen by trained scientists and artists. K should appeal to just about anyone interested in American Indians western American exploration at a time when the landscape was inhabited only by Indians and native animalseology and eography as well as natural history The narrative includes an account of *The First Ascent To The Summit Of *first ascent to the summit of s Peak at least the first recorded ascent by European Americans a highlight of the book A friend recommended the book but I set it aside
for a while before cracking the cover which is not very a while before cracking the cover which is not very appealing When I ot started though I found the writing to be captivating and I finished it uickly Started out a little slow but the last half was uite interesting Oh to imagine what it must have been like to experience the rockies and Colorado before the white man changed the landscape with farming ranching mining and the development of cities This book speaks to the NATURALIST DETAILING PLANTS AND ANIMALS AS THEY WERE FIRST detailing plants and animals as they were first and named some species that are no longer in existence I was hoping for detail on the actual insects and other animal and plant discoveries so I was disappointed It did touch on the trials and hardships the men faced and were still able to The Widows Little Secret gather describ. Ined naturalists and artists Made up of twenty two men military personnel and scientificentlemen the Long Expedition struggled on foot and horseback along the Front Range of the Rockies living off the land recording rivers and landforms shooting birds plucking plants and catching lizards and insects to preserve for study They were often thirsty and hungry sometimes ill and always tired But theirs was an experience awarded to only a chosen few the opportunity to see and record firsthand the pristine lands that so majestically defined the United States Based primarily on the expedition members' reports and diaries and often told in the participants' own words this fascinating chronicle transports readers back to the near virgin wilderness of 1820 We accompany naturalist Edwin James as he becomes the first man to climb Pike's Peak and roam with him in his dual role as botanist collecting a multitude of flora specimens 140 of which were described by him and others as new We sit with artist Samuel Sey.