A Voyage up the River Amazon: Including a Residence at Pará by William Henry Edwards

By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to clinical examine. First released in 1847, this is often Edwards' own account of his recognized day trip to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from ny, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in attention-grabbing aspect the animals, vegetation and geography of the sector, speaking his pride at each one discovery. Highlights of the quantity comprise vibrant 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 somebody attracted to the background of go back and forth and exploration, in addition to the advance of clinical learn within the tropics.

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Trees of incredible girt tower aloft, and from their tops one in vain endeavours to bring down the desired bird with a fowling-piece. The trunks are of every variety of form, round, angular, and sometimes resembling an open network, through which the light passes in any direction. Amid these giants very few low trees or little underbrush interfere with one's movements, and very rarely is the path intercepted by a fallen log. But about the trees cling huge snake-like vines, winding round and round the trunks, and through the branches sending their long arms, binding tree to tree.

V. soon turn purple, and are fully ripe. Flocks of toucans, parrots, and other fruit-loving birds, are first to discover them ; but there are too many for even the birds. The fruit is covered by a thick skin, beneath which, imbedded in a very slight pulp, is the stone. Warm water is poured on to loosen the skin, and the berries are briskly rolled together in a large vessel. The stones are thrown out, the liquid is strained off the skins, and there is left a thick, cream-like substance of a purple colour.

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. ] MONKEYS-INDIAN BOY. 39 discover a full-grown puma in the act of devouring a deer which it had just killed. Nothing daunted, although armed with but a single-barrelled gun, and that loaded with BB shot, he gave the animal a discharge, which made him leave the deer and spring to a tree. Six several times our hunter fired, until at last the puma was dead at his feet.

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