Darwin-L Message Log 8:5 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:5>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sun Apr  3 00:38:48 1994

Date: Sun, 03 Apr 1994 01:38:38 -0500 (EST)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: April 3 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1683: MARK CATESBY is born at Castle Hedingham, Essex, England.  The son of a
lawyer and public official, the young Catesby will develop an early interest
in botany and will become a friend of the prominent English naturalist John
Ray.  From 1712 to 1719 Catesby will live with his sister in the Virginia
colony, and the plants he will collect during his stay in America will bring
him to the attention of a number of other prominent naturalists, including
Sir Hans Sloane.  Catesby will be commissioned to return to America for the
purpose of natural history exploration and collecting, and from 1722 to 1726
he will travel through South Carolina, Florida, and the West Indies.  Upon his
return to England he will publish the acclaimed _Natural History of Carolina,
Florida, and the Bahama Islands_ (1731-1743), a work that will be used by
Linnaeus as the source for his descriptions of North American birds.

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