By William Henry Edwards
William H. Edwards (1822-1909) used to be an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to clinical examine. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized excursion 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 aspect the animals, crops and geography of the zone, speaking his satisfaction at each one discovery. Highlights of the amount contain 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 final reader, this ebook will captivate a person attracted to the historical past of shuttle and exploration, in addition to the improvement of medical learn within the tropics.
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The fish was a hard case, coarser than shark-meat, and requiring an intimacy with vinegar and oil to remove its unpleasant rankness. Farinha was not so disagreeable, and we soon came to love it as do the natives. Indeed, long before our Amazonian experience had ended, we could relish the fish also as well as any Indian. The scenery about the mill is very fine. In front the stream, a broad lake at high water and a tiny brook at other times, skirting a low meadow at the distance of a hundred rods, is lost in the embowering shrubbery.
CHAP. 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.
25 tables for the table being rice, fried plantains, and an excellent variety of squash called jurumu. It is in fruits that Para excels ; and here is a long catalogue, many of which are common to adjacent countries, within the tropics, and many others peculiar to this province. Of many of these we have already spoken, but there are two or three others which deserve mention, and first of these are the plantain and pacova, or banana. 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.