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Alone in Mexico: The Astonishing Travels of Karl Heller, 1845-1848 / Edition 3
     

Alone in Mexico: The Astonishing Travels of Karl Heller, 1845-1848 / Edition 3

by Karl Bartolomeus Heller, Terry Rugeley
 

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ISBN-10: 0817354565

ISBN-13: 9780817354565

Pub. Date: 11/11/2007

Publisher: University of Alabama Press


This volume is the first-ever English translation of the memoirs of Karl Heller, a twenty-year-old aspiring Austrian botanist who traveled to Mexico in 1845 to collect specimens. He passed through the Caribbean, lived for a time in the mountains of Veracruz, and journeyed to Mexico City through the cities of Puebla and Cholula. After a brief residence in the

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This volume is the first-ever English translation of the memoirs of Karl Heller, a twenty-year-old aspiring Austrian botanist who traveled to Mexico in 1845 to collect specimens. He passed through the Caribbean, lived for a time in the mountains of Veracruz, and journeyed to Mexico City through the cities of Puebla and Cholula. After a brief residence in the capital, Heller moved westward to examine the volcanoes and silver mines near Toluca.
When the United States invaded Mexico in 1846–47 conditions became chaotic, and the enterprising botanist was forced to flee to Yucatán. Heller lived in the port city of Campeche, but visited Mèrida, the ruins of Uxmal, and the remote southern area of the Champotòn River." 
 From there Heller, traveling by canoe, journeyed through southern Tabasco and northern Chiapas and finally returned to Vienna through Cuba and the United States bringing back thousands of samples of Mexican plants and animals.
 
Heller's account is one of the few documents we have from travelers who visited Mexico in this period, and it is particularly useful in describing conditions outside the capital of Mexico City.
 
In 1853 Heller published his German-language account as Reisen in Mexiko, but the work has remained virtually unknown to English or Spanish readers. This edition now provides a complete, annotated, and highly readable translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817354565
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
11/11/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations....................xiii
Acknowledgments....................xv
Chronology....................xvii
Introduction....................1
FIRST PART: TRAVELS IN VERACRUZ, PUEBLA, AND MEXICO Chapter 1....................15
Chapter 2....................23
Chapter 3....................33
Chapter 4....................42
Chapter 5....................52
Chapter 6....................65
Chapter 7....................77
Chapter 8....................87
Chapter 9....................98
Chapter 10....................105
Chapter 11....................118
Chapter 12....................131
Chapter 13....................140
SECOND PART: TRAVELS IN YUCATÁN, TABASCO, AND CHIAPAS Chapter 14....................151
Chapter 15....................161
Chapter 16....................171
Chapter 17....................176
Chapter 18....................187
Chapter 19....................195
Chapter 20....................203
Chapter 21....................213
Chapter 22....................223
Chapter 23....................232
Chapter 24....................238
Chapter 25....................246
Notes....................251
Index....................269

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