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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 clinical learn. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his well-known day trip to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from long island, brief place of dwelling within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in interesting element the animals, crops and geography of the sector, speaking his pride at every one discovery. Highlights of the quantity contain vibrant 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 by way of either the naturalist and the overall reader, this e-book will captivate a person drawn to the historical past of shuttle and exploration, in addition to the improvement of medical research within the tropics.

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V. he considered legitimate game—often a live animal. One of these captives was a sloth ; and this fellow we kept for several days, trying to see what could be made of him. H e was a pretty intractable subject, and poorly repaid our trouble. In face he resembled somewhat a monkey, and the corners of his mouth curving upward gave him a very odd appearance, making him look as one would suppose a monkey toper might look, if monkeys ever dissipated. His long arms weTe each terminated by three large claws, and his tough skin was well protected by a shaggy coat of coarse grisly hair.

These fruits resemble each other excepting in size, the former being of about eight inches length, the latter in its varieties from three to five or six. The producing tree is one of the most beautiful of the palms, the coronal leaves being six feet in length by two broad, and gracefully drooping around the trunk ; the fruit hangs in clusters about a stalk depending from the top of the plant. "While still green the stalk is cut off and the fruit is suffered to ripen in the shade. The plantains are generally prepared for eating by being cut in longitudinal slices and fried in fat ; but when roasted in the ashes are extremely pleasant, and reminded us strongly of roasted apples.

But, most beautiful of all, humming-birds, living gems, and surpassing aught that's brilliant save the diamond, are constantly darting by; now stopping an instant to kiss the gentle flower, and now furiously battling some rival humble-bee. Beijar flor, kiss-flower—'tis the Brazilian name for the humming-bird, beautifully appropriate. Large butterflies float past, the bigness of a hand, and of the richest metallic blue ; and from the flowers above comes the distant hum of myriads of gaily coated insects.

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