A journal of travels into the Arkansa territory, during the year 1819. With occasional observations on the manners of the aborigines. Illustrated by a map and other engravings


Date: 1821



Thomas Nuttall was a British botanist who traveled up the Mississippi with John Bradbury in 1810. Eight years later, he sailed up the Arkansas River to Fort Smith, in the company of Major Bradford, and observed the Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Osage peoples, before returning to New Orleans in 1821.

This work is the only surviving example of Thomas Nuttall's journals of his observations on his travels from Philadelphia, down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to the Arkansas; thence across Arkansas to the interior of the modern Oklahoma; returning via the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers, and then to New Orleans.

Describes his encounters with Cherokee, Chickasaw, Osage, and Quapaw Tribes, among others. A botanist and naturalist, Nuttall also details the vegetation, climate, and agricultural possibilities of the territory he passes through.

Engraved folding map of Nuttall's route along the Arkansas River by H. S. Tanner, five aquatint plates by F. Kearny.

8vo (230 x 145 mm) xii, 296 p. front. (fold. map) plates, tables. 23 cm.


Field 1145; Howes N-229; Sabin 56348; Wagner-Camp 19a.

Publisher: Philadelphia, T. H. Palmer, 1821.




British Library

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-05-07

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A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory - A Map of the Arkansas River by H.S. Tanner (1821)

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