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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, by Jack Nisbet - Washington State Historical Society

The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, by Jack Nisbet

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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, by Jack Nisbet.

"Between 1824 and 1834, Scottish naturalist David Douglas wandered from New York to Hawaii in quest of promising nursery plants for the London Horticultural Society. He was a complex character whose dogged perseverance delivered a flood of both flora and fauna from the New World.

Douglas made forays both on and off the main river routes in the Pacific Northwest, displaying a remarkable zeal as he gathered everything from minerals to mammals and horned lizard to band-tailed pigeons. Along the way, he forged relationships with fur trade agents, mixed-blood voyageurs, and a succession of native tribes who understood the species that he sought. In telling Douglas's story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonance."


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