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Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, 1851-1852
     

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, 1851-1852

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by William Lewis Herndon, Gary Kinder (Editor), United States (Other), Lardner Gibbon (Other), William Lewis Herndon (Foreword by)
 

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In 1857, Captain William Lewis Herndon sacrificed his life trying to save 600 passengers and crew when his ship foundered in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Memorialized in Gary Kinder's best-selling book Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, Herndon, with this final courageous act, epitomized a lifetime of heroism. Seven years earlier, the secretary of the Navy

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In 1857, Captain William Lewis Herndon sacrificed his life trying to save 600 passengers and crew when his ship foundered in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Memorialized in Gary Kinder's best-selling book Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, Herndon, with this final courageous act, epitomized a lifetime of heroism. Seven years earlier, the secretary of the Navy had appointed Herndon to lead the first American expedition into the Amazon Valley. Herndon departed Lima, Peru, on May 20, 1851, and arrived at Para, Brazil, nearly a year later, traveling 4,000 miles by foot, mule, canoe, and small boat. He cataloged the scientific and commercial observations requested by Congress, but he filed his report as a narrative, creating an intimate portrait of an exotic land before the outside world rushed in. Herndon's report so far surpassed his superiors' expectations that instead of printing the obligatory few hundred copies for Congress, the secretary of the Navy ordered 10,000 copies in the first print run; three months later, he ordered 20,000 more. Herndon described his adventures with such insight, such compassion and wit, and such literary grace that he came to symbolize the new spirit of exploration and discovery sweeping mid-nineteenth-century America. For the next hundred years, Herndon's report languished out of print before being revived briefly in 1951. Now, for the first time in nearly fifty years, Gary Kinder and Grove Press bring to readers one of the greatest chronicles of travel and exploration ever written.

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Herndon, a U.S Navy captain, was ordered by the government to explore the Amazon in 1851 and write down his observations. Within a year he and his group had traveled more than 4000 miles by canoe, by mule, and often on foot at the peril of disease, hostiles, and being chomped by snakes (and today's trekkers carp because they can't plug in their hair dryers). His notes proved so marvelously written that the Secretary of the Navy ordered 10,000 copies printed. They went fast, and 20,000 more followed. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9780802137043
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,225,569
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.04(d)

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Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, 1851-1852 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SailorBoyRE More than 1 year ago
Wonderly stimulating book. Much to learn therein. Well written. Easy to read and read, and not put down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderfully welcomed reprint of the original 1850's edition written by the Captain of the 'Ship of Gold' which was actually the USS Central America that went down in 1850's. I am very happy to find it reprinted in paperback