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Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America. Douglas's discoveries include hundreds of western plantsmost notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas's fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering exotic new plants for the English and European market. The book takes readers along on Douglas's journeys into a literal brave new world of then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. In telling Douglas's story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.
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About the Author
Jack Nisbet is a historian, teacher, and author focusing on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. His Sources of the River won the Murray Morgan Prize from the Washington State Historical Society.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Nature's Hand ix
I Fruits of the New World: 1823-24 1
II The Rites of Neptune: 1824-25 23
III Between the Desert and the Sea: Spring-Summer 1825 37
IV Taking the Smoke: Summer-Winter 1825 53
V The Interior Year: Spring 1826 73
VI Sleeping on Shattered Stones: Summer 1826 91
VII The Perfect Enthuslast: Fall 1826-Spring 1827 117
VIII Crown of the Continent: Spring-Summer 1827 143
IX "A Scientifick Naturalist": Fall 1827-Fall 1829 167
X Breathing New Climates: Fall 1829-Fall 1832 191
XI The Canyon: Winter 1832-Summer 1833 211
XII Craters: 1834 229
Epilogue: Nourishment Beyond Names 251
Chapter Notes 265
David Douglas in North America: 1824-34 vii
The Northwest Coast: 1825-33 36
The Interior: 1826-27 72
The North Country: 1833 212
Hawaiian Islands: 1834 228