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O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 8 March 2010 In the late 1780’s, William Bartram comprised a book that at that time was considered one of the best comprehensive studies of natural history in America. Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, etc. includes records of historical sites, traditions of natives, and descriptions of the American countryside. One of the most interesting sections of his account is his description of plants, which seemed to be linked to the behavior of humans. Throughout the book, it is easy to see how he is writing from the view of an explorer. Perhaps not the same kind of explorer as Columbus or Cortes, but his travels into the relatively undeveloped rural areas of America is its own form of discovery. In the Introduction to Bartram’s account, he begins by listing the Latin names of a multitude of vegetation that occur in various regions. Perhaps his purpose is to be scientific, but his list does seem to be tedious and unnecessary. Bartram frequently brings religion into his
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