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By Roger L. Williams

As we technique the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark day trip in 2004, realization will unavoidably flip to the nineteenth-century explorers who risked existence and limb to interpret the normal background of the yankee West. starting with Meriwether Lewis and his discovery of the bitterroot, the aim of such a lot explorers used to be now not in basic terms to discover an enough path to the Pacific, but additionally to touch upon the kingdom of the region's ecology and its suitability for agriculture, and, after all, to assemble plant specimens. during this ebook, Williams follows the path of over a dozen explorers who "botanized" the Rocky Mountains, and who, by way of the tip of the 19th century, grew to become more and more confident that the plants of the yankee West was once precise. The sheer ask yourself of become aware of, which isn't misplaced on Williams or his topics, used to be top captured via botanist Edwin James in 1820 as he emerged above timberline in Colorado to return upon "a area of brilliant beauty."

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