Sunday, 23 March 2014

'The Naturalist on the River Amazons' - photo-illustrated

If I were heading for Manaus and had room in my tropical kit for just one book, my choice would unquestionably be Henry Walter Bates' "The Naturalist on the River Amazons", the wonderful account of his 11 years spent travelling deep inside the Amazon basin.
Bates set off by ship from Liverpool to Pará (Belém) on the 26th April 1848, when he was only 23 years old.  What an adventure that must have been.
While compiling this photo-illustrated version, I discovered that remarkably some of the places he visited have not changed that much, while, sadly, many of the indigenous tribes he describes no longer exist.
I have added photos and illustrations whenever possible, and welcome any further contributions and/or corrections!
A must read for anyone enthralled by the majestic beauty of the Amazons.
You can download or read the whole photo-illustrated book in PDF format here -->
"The Naturalist on the River Amazons - photo-illustrated"

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