A Region of Astonishing Beauty: The Botanical Exploration of by Roger L. Williams

By Roger L. Williams

As we process the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark day trip in 2004, recognition will necessarily flip to the nineteenth-century explorers who risked existence and limb to interpret the traditional historical past of the yankee West. starting with Meriwether Lewis and his discovery of the bitterroot, the objective of so much explorers used to be now not basically to discover an enough path to the Pacific, but additionally to touch upon the country of the region's ecology and its suitability for agriculture, and, after all, to gather plant specimens. during this booklet, Williams follows the path of over a dozen explorers who "botanized" the Rocky Mountains, and who, through the top of the 19th century, turned more and more confident that the plants of the yank West used to be designated. The sheer ask yourself of become aware of, which isn't misplaced on Williams or his matters, used to be most sensible captured via botanist Edwin James in 1820 as he emerged above timberline in Colorado to come back upon "a sector of magnificent beauty."

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