By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical learn. First released in 1847, this is often Edwards' own account of his recognized excursion to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from ny, brief place of dwelling within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in interesting element the animals, vegetation and geography of the quarter, speaking his satisfaction at each one discovery. Highlights of the amount comprise shiny 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 through either the naturalist and the final reader, this publication will captivate a person attracted to the background of trip and exploration, in addition to the improvement of medical research within the tropics.

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There is this deficiency throughout the province with respect to every sort of labour-saving machinery; and although now and then some individual of extraordinary enterprise has introduced improvements from other countries, and although the government allows new patents of machinery to be entered without a duty, yet the mass of proprietors know nothing of them. The introduction of machinery would compensate in a great degree the depressing scarcity of labourers, for want of whom this garden of the world lies desolate.

It was affixed to one of the outermost forks of a low limb, beyond reach of any enemy but one. The eggs were cream-coloured, and speckled with brown. A nest of the blue-backed was composed of leaves,fibres,and moss, and much resembled in shape a watchcase. A nest of the puff-throated was also pensile, but not so ingeniously composed as either of the others. The eggs of the two latter species were cream-coloured and much spotted, particularly at the larger end. Many other remarkable species of birds I shall have occasion to speak of hereafter; at present I will mention but the humming-birds.

The fruit of the inga is a pod, of a foot or more in length, and an inch in diameter. It contains a sweet, white pulp, imbedded in which are long seeds. The paroquets are very fond of this pulp, and they come to the trees in great flocks, clustering upon the pods, and tearing them open with their strong beaks. There were trees bearing another esteemed fruit, the alligator pear, or mangaba. Of these there are two varieties: one, the more common, green in colour, and shaped like a crook-necked squash, but of greatly reduced size ; the other, considered the better species, is called the mangaba da Cayenne, and is of the ordinary pear shape, and of a purplish red colour.

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