The Naturalist in Nicaragua

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University of Chicago Press, 1985 - 403 pages
"The best of all natural history journals which have ever been published."—Charles Darwin, 1874. Beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to read, this classic book describes the geography, geology, ecology, flora, fauna, and native inhabitants of Nicaragua in the nineteenth century. Many of Belt's detailed and accurate observations were not confirmed until decades later—for example, the fact that certain plants have "standing armies" of ants that defend them.

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
ALLIGATORS
9
CHAPTER II
11
MOTMOTS OF CHONTALES
16
Journey up river continued Wild pigs and jaguar Bungos
30
CHAPTER IV
43
CHAPTER V
61
COMMISSIONERS HOUSE AT SANTO DOMINGO
66
INDIAN STATUES
164
CHAPTER X
176
Start on journey to SegoviaRocky mountain roadA poor lodg
191
PATH UP STEEP HILL
193
CHAPTER XII
212
QUISCALUS
213
LEAF OF MELASTOMA
223
CHAPTER XIII
231

NEST OF LEAFCUTTING ANT
80
CHAPTER VI
85
MACHINERY OF CHONTALES GOLDMINING COMPANY
88
SECTION OF SAN ANTONIO LODE
94
CHAPTER VII
103
HUMMINGBIRDS Florisuga mcllivora Linn
113
CHAPTER VIII
126
PITCHERFLOWER Marcgravia nepenthoides
129
ADVENTURE WITH A JAGUAR
145
CHAPTER IX
150
CHAPTER XIV
247
CHAPTER XV
275
CHAPTER XVI
292
CHAPTER XVII
308
CHAPTER XVIII
327
CHAPTER XIX
338
CHAPTER XX
358
CHAPTER XXI
374
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Thomas Belt (1832-1878) was an English mining engineer and naturalist. He traveled widely, publishing papers on his observations, and worked for several years in Australia, in Nicaragua, and in Colorado.

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