This book is a collection of some of the most representative writings of twenty-five naturalists who studied and wrote of South America. Five centuries of the natural history of the "Green Continent" are unfolded in the words of Humboldt, Darwin, Bates, Tomlinson, Hudson, Beebe and Sanderson, to mention only a few of the illustrious adventurers chosen by Mr. von Hagen.
The author introduces the contribution of each with a biographic sketch of the men whose lives and work extended over a period from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present time. The wonders of the "Green World" are fully described, together with the stories of the men who faced hardship and peril to write of them.
Tales of these hardy naturalist-explorers who pushed aside South America's frontiers, explored its dark brooding rivers, climbed the lofty Andes and struggled across scorching deserts and through dense jungles cannot fail to