Bartram rough draft 1

Bartram rough draft 1 - Stephen Patton Balthazor ENGL 1050H...

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Stephen Patton Balthazor ENGL 1050H 30 August, 2010 Paper 1, Draft 1, Peers Bartram’s Travels, and other early scientific works reveal an interesting outlook on early modern research methods. In order to better understand the significance of his explorative research, his publication needs to be analyzed in context of the published research of his contemporaries and the scientific standards he was expected to follow. Bartram’s wildlife research fell on the cusp of taxonomical renovation. His time in the American South spanned four years from 1773 to 1777, finally publishing his findings and experiences in 1791 (Bartram, James & Johnson and Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)). One generation prior to Bartram, Carolus Linnaeus began his work standardizing the taxonomical system in 1735, and continued to work on it throughout his life (Welzen). Bartram’s research for the most part ascribes to the normative Linnaean binomial nomenclature, but as with any fringe research, it is not without mistakes, and not all of his research fits the late 18 th century standards; that being said, Bartram’s research had a high attention to detail that founded the research of many other European scientists interested in the New World( Thesis more clear) In order to understand Bartram’s research we must also understand Bartram as a
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