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By Roger L. Williams

As we process the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark excursion in 2004, realization will unavoidably flip to the nineteenth-century explorers who risked existence and limb to interpret the average background of the yankee West. starting with Meriwether Lewis and his discovery of the bitterroot, the target of such a lot explorers used to be no longer only to discover an sufficient 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 means of the tip of the 19th century, grew to become more and more confident that the vegetation of the yank West was once unique. The sheer ask yourself of notice, which isn't misplaced on Williams or his matters, was once top captured via botanist Edwin James in 1820 as he emerged above timberline in Colorado to come back upon "a zone of brilliant beauty."

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