U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842: Original notebooks of the botanist, Vol. 1-4
About the Project
In 1836, the United States Congress finally authorized a Survey and Exploring Expedition to the Pacific Ocean and the South Seas. The previous American President, John Quincy Adams, had put the matter before Congress almost ten years earlier. Once authorization was received, the final preparations proceeded quickly. A group of scientists were recruited including a young nurseryman from Scotland. William Dunlop Brackenridge (1810-1893) had been in the United States only two years before the expedition set sail for the Pacific Ocean in 1838. These are his first four "original notebooks" as he called them. Join other volunteers to transcribe them and so make this handwritten record more accessible for today's researchers.