By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical research. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his well-known excursion to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from manhattan, brief place of dwelling within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. knowledgeable observer, Edwards describes in interesting aspect the animals, vegetation and geography of the quarter, speaking his satisfaction at every one discovery. Highlights of the quantity contain brilliant 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 way of either the naturalist and the overall reader, this booklet will captivate someone attracted to the historical past of shuttle and exploration, in addition to the improvement of clinical examine within the tropics.

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The absence of horses and carts, together with the universal custom of carrying burdens upon the head, seem at first an oddity to a stranger. In this manner the heaviest as well as the lightest, the most fragile as well as any other, travels with equal safety to its destination. For the convenience of vessels there are two companies of blacks, each numbering thirty men, who are regular carriers ; and their noisy cries are heard every morning, as, in the full tide of some wild song, they trot off beneath incredible burdens.

When in large flocks these birds cluster in the tree-tops, dazzlingly lustrous in the sunlight, even the kiss-flower might be envious. These birds have no song. That charm impartial nature has conferred upon others outwardly less attractive; and these must be content with a simple note. The Cardinal is less common than the others, and is more generally seen in pairs, breeding in the months of August and September, near the mills. The other species seem transient visitors, generally abundant in May and June, and at that season associating in large flocks.

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. Sugar is added, and farinha to slightly thicken it. To a stranger the taste is usually disagreeable, but soon it becomes more prized than all fruits beside, and is as much a necessity as one's dinner.

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