The Naturalist in Nicaragua

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Cosimo, Inc., 1. jaan 2005 - 448 pages
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Sometimes.we would fall in with a troop of the white-faced cebus monkey, rapidly running away, throwing themselves from tree to tree. This monkey feeds also partly on fruit, but is incessantly on the look-out for insects, examining the crevices in trees and withered leaves, seizing the largest beetles and munching them up with great relish.-from Chapter VIII This masterpiece of scientific reportage and travel storytelling, first published in 1874, is a captivating narrative of the journeys of mining engineer Thomas Belt through the tropical rivers, valleys, forests, and lakes of Nicaragua. Replete with vivid descriptions of the animals and plants he encountered and full of ruminations on the geology of the region that were dismissed as fanciful at the time but have since been vindicated as true, this is "the best of all natural history journals which have ever been published," according to no less an authority than Charles Darwin.English engineer THOMAS BELT (1832-1878) traveled the world working mines from Australia to Colorado and producing numerous papers on topics ranging from geology to paleontology. The Naturalist in Nicaragua is considered his greatest work.
 

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Contents

Arrival at GreytewnThe river San JuanSilting tip of
1
Alligators
9
CHAPTER II
11
MotMots of Chqntales
16
CHAPTER III
30
CHAPTER IV
43
CHAPTER V
61
commissioners house at santo domingo
66
Indian Statues
165
CHAPTER X
176
CHAPTER XI
191
Path up Steep Hill
193
CHAPTER XII
212
quiscalus
213
Leaf of Melastoma
223
MatftgalpaAguardienteFermented liquors of the IndiansThe
231

Nest of Leafcutting Ant
80
CHAPTER VI
85
Machinery of Chontales GoldMining Company
88
Section of San Antonio Lode
94
CHAPTER VII
103
HummingBikds Florimga melUvora Linn
111
Description of San Antonio valleyGreat variety of animal life
126
PitcherFLOWER Maregravia nepenthoides
129
Adventure with a Jaguar
145
CHAPTER IX
150
CHAPTER XIV
247
A Nicaraguan criminalGeology between Ocotal and Totagalpa
275
ConcordiaJtaotegaIndian habits retained by the people
292
CHAPTER XVII
308
CHAPTER XVIII
327
CHAPTER XIX
338
CHAPTER XX
358
Return to Santo DomingoThe birds of ChontalesThe insects
374
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