Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon by William Lewis HerndonExploration of the Valley of the Amazon by William Lewis Herndon

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon

byWilliam Lewis HerndonEditorGary Kinder

Paperback | July 5, 2000

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In 1857, Captain William Lewis Herndon sacrificed his life trying to save 600 passengers and crew when his ship foundered in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Memorialized in Gary Kinder's best-selling book Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, Herndon, with this final courageous act, epitomized a lifetime of heroism. Seven years earlier, the secretary of the Navy had appointed Herndon to lead the first American expedition into the Amazon Valley.

Herndon departed Lima, Peru, on May 20, 1851, and arrived at Para, Brazil, nearly a year later, traveling 4,000 miles by foot, mule, canoe, and small boat. He cataloged the scientific and commercial observations requested by Congress, but he filed his report as a narrative, creating an intimate portrait of an exotic land before the outside world rushed in.

Herndon's report so far surpassed his superiors' expectations that instead of printing the obligatory few hundred copies for Congress, the secretary of the Navy ordered 10,000 copies in the first print run; three months later, he ordered 20,000 more. Herndon described his adventures with such insight, such compassion and wit, and such literary grace that he came to symbolize the new spirit of exploration and discovery sweeping mid-nineteenth century America.

For the next hundred years, Herndon's report languished out of print before being revived briefly in 1951. Now, for the first time in nearly fifty years, Gary Kinder and Grove Press bring to readers one of the greatest chronicles of travel and exploration ever written.

Gary Kinder wrote Light Years, a book about Edward Meier's extraterrestrial experiences. He is also the author of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, a book about the gold recovery expedition and sinking of the SS Central America.
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Title:Exploration of the Valley of the AmazonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.95 inPublished:July 5, 2000Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802137040

ISBN - 13:9780802137043

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One of the greatest chronicles of travel and exploration ever written has been revived for the first time in more than 50 years. Commissioned by the secretary of the Navy to lead the first American expedition into the Amazon valley in 1850, William Lewis Herndon recounts his unique experience in the captivating, Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon. With keen insight, compassion and wit, this remarkable account of exploration and discovery illuminates an awe struck adventurer and his unique experiences with an exotic land.