This is the famous naturalist Thomas Nuttall’s only surviving complete journal of his American scientific explorations. The account follows Nuttall’s route from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, down the Ohio River to its mouth, then down the Mississippi River to the Arkansas Post, and up the Arkansas River with a side trip to the Red River. It is filled with valuable details on the plants, animals, and geology of the region, as well as penetrating observations of the resident Native tribes, the military establishment at Fort Smith, the arrival of the first governor of Arkansas Territory, and the beginnings of white settlement.

Originally published in 1980 by the University of Oklahoma Press, this fine edited version of Nuttall’s work boasts a valuable introduction, notes, maps, and bibliography by Savoie Lottinville.

About The Author
Thomas Nuttall was a self-educated botanist who came to the United States from Liverpool in 1808 at the age of twenty-two. Nuttall made several scientific expeditions in America during the first half of the nineteenth century. He was recognized in his time for his botanical discoveries, served for many years as a lecturer in natural science and as curator of the Cambridge Botanic Garden at Harvard, and published several books.

Savoie Lottinville, editor of four series of books published by the University of Oklahoma Press during his tenure as director from 1938 to 1967, was Regents Professor of History in the University and Director Emeritus of the Press. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and of the University of Oxford, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Book Information
13 b&w illus.
392 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-4277-7
Published February 2012
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