Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

Illustrations and Maps

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p. vii

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A Note on This Edition

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pp. ix-xii

This project began as an effort to produce a facsimile edition of A Concise Natural History for the Library of Alabama Classics series of the University of Alabama Press. Although repeated attempts to locate a suitable copy for photographic reproduction were undertaken, the rarity and fragility of surviving copies led all owners of original 1775 editions of the work whom we ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

Special appreciation is extended to the following manuscript repositories and libraries that provided documents and information from their collections: American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia; William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Staffordshire Record Of

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Bernard Romans: His Life and Works

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pp. 1-41

Bernard Romans was a man of action: a navigator, surveyor, cartographer, botanist, writer, promoter, engineer, and soldier. His maxim, recorded in his most famous work, A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, testifies that he was also a philosopher. “Truth,” wrote this Dutch scholar, “should be the object of man’s enquiries” (58).* Romans believed that man’s questioning ...

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Romans’s History as a Source for Understanding the Eighteenth-Century South

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pp. 42-70

Bernard Romans’s A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, William Bartram’s Travels, and James Adair’s History of the American Indians comprise the three most signi¤cant accounts of the Deep South published during the late eighteenth century. Adair, an Indian trader and entrepreneur of long standing, lived for years among the Chickasaw Indians. His work describes ...

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Romans’s Copper Plate Illustrations, Maps, and Table

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pp. 71-74

Romans planned twelve copper plate illustrations to accompany his book, but only eleven were ultimately included in the final work. Unfortunately, the twelfth plate, a map of the southern Indian nations, was lost in transit between the engraver and the publisher. The eleven copper plates that illustrate A Concise Natural History are especially valuable to historians, particularly ...

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A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida

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pp. 75-348

A describer of countries, ought in a great measure, to imitate a building Engineer, in

Notes

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pp. 349-410

Bibliography

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pp. 411-426

Index

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pp. 427-442