Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon

Taylor & Maury, 1854 - 414 pàgines
Made Under Direction of the Navy Department, by W. L. Herndon and L. Gibbon. With Maps.

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Exploration of the valley of the Amazon, 1851-1952

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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 ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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