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Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Years 1799-1804, Vol.1-logo

Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Years 1799-1804, Vol.1

Alexander von Humboldt

In 1799, with extensive travel permissions from the Spanish government, Alexander von Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland departed for the Americas on a journey of exploration that would last well into 1804. In writing the “Personal Narrative…”, von Humboldt combined a description of the places and people of their travels with diverse scientific observations; but particularly of plants and animals, geology, weather and astronomy. von Humboldt’s narrative (and Thomasina Ross’s translation) of their adventures is marvelously well written and at times poetically descriptive. Volume I of the “Personal Narrative….”, covers their preparations, departure from Spain, and their travels to the Canary Islands, Tobago, Cumana and vicinity, and Caracas and vicinity in Venezuela.Alexander von Humboldt was a member of the Prussian aristocracy. He was well educated and as a young man worked as an inspector of mines. After receiving an inheritance from his Mother, he was able to follow his desire to explore and follow scientific pursuits, and was sufficiently wealthy to equip and fund his scientific expeditions. Although not a household name today (unless you live in one of the 18 places named after him), von Humboldt was the best known naturalist of his day, and his published observations and interpretations have a very important place in the history of science. For example, he strongly influenced Charles Darwin. He aimed to find the universal principles that integrate all aspects of nature (the Unity of Nature) rather than to just describe and as such is considered to be the founder of biogeography; and he is recognized as being among the first to describe the effect of human activity on climate.(written by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan)

In 1799, with extensive travel permissions from the Spanish government, Alexander von Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland departed for the Americas on a journey of exploration that would last well into 1804. In writing the “Personal Narrative…”, von Humboldt combined a description of the places and people of their travels with diverse scientific observations; but particularly of plants and animals, geology, weather and astronomy. von Humboldt’s narrative (and Thomasina Ross’s translation) of their adventures is marvelously well written and at times poetically descriptive. Volume I of the “Personal Narrative….”, covers their preparations, departure from Spain, and their travels to the Canary Islands, Tobago, Cumana and vicinity, and Caracas and vicinity in Venezuela.Alexander von Humboldt was a member of the Prussian aristocracy. He was well educated and as a young man worked as an inspector of mines. After receiving an inheritance from his Mother, he was able to follow his desire to explore and follow scientific pursuits, and was sufficiently wealthy to equip and fund his scientific expeditions. Although not a household name today (unless you live in one of the 18 places named after him), von Humboldt was the best known naturalist of his day, and his published observations and interpretations have a very important place in the history of science. For example, he strongly influenced Charles Darwin. He aimed to find the universal principles that integrate all aspects of nature (the Unity of Nature) rather than to just describe and as such is considered to be the founder of biogeography; and he is recognized as being among the first to describe the effect of human activity on climate.(written by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan)
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In 1799, with extensive travel permissions from the Spanish government, Alexander von Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland departed for the Americas on a journey of exploration that would last well into 1804. In writing the “Personal Narrative…”, von Humboldt combined a description of the places and people of their travels with diverse scientific observations; but particularly of plants and animals, geology, weather and astronomy. von Humboldt’s narrative (and Thomasina Ross’s translation) of their adventures is marvelously well written and at times poetically descriptive. Volume I of the “Personal Narrative….”, covers their preparations, departure from Spain, and their travels to the Canary Islands, Tobago, Cumana and vicinity, and Caracas and vicinity in Venezuela.Alexander von Humboldt was a member of the Prussian aristocracy. He was well educated and as a young man worked as an inspector of mines. After receiving an inheritance from his Mother, he was able to follow his desire to explore and follow scientific pursuits, and was sufficiently wealthy to equip and fund his scientific expeditions. Although not a household name today (unless you live in one of the 18 places named after him), von Humboldt was the best known naturalist of his day, and his published observations and interpretations have a very important place in the history of science. For example, he strongly influenced Charles Darwin. He aimed to find the universal principles that integrate all aspects of nature (the Unity of Nature) rather than to just describe and as such is considered to be the founder of biogeography; and he is recognized as being among the first to describe the effect of human activity on climate.(written by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gail Timmerman Vaughan

Length:

22h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

44:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

39:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

38:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

52:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

35:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

35:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

35:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

31:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

39:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

38:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

26:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

27:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

28:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

22:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

25:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

26:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

25:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

30:14