William Dunbar: Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest (Hardback)
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William Dunbar: Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 30/10/2007
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In 1804, while Lewis and Clark were still making their way up the Missouri River, Thomas Jefferson formulated a plan for a similarly ambitious exploration of the southern portion of the new territory that would proceed from the Mississippi up the Red River ""to the tops of the mountains"" and then return down the Arkansas River. The man he selected to lead this venture was William Dunbar (1750-1810) of Mississippi Territory. The Scottish-born Dunbar was a man of many abilities and professions - surveyor, botanist, zoologist, astronomer, planter, architect, inventor. He perfected the cotton bale, learned how to put cottonseed oil to use, and improved agricultural implements to increase production and published many scientific articles in American Philosophical Society journals. In ""William Dunbar: Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest"", Arthur DeRosier finally brings Dunbar's fascinating, varied life and career the recognition Dunbar deserves.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813124551
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


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"In this entertaining biography of William Dunbar, Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr. rescues an important scientist and explorer from obscurity, and provides an insight into the formative years of the State of Mississippi." -- Edward J. Cashin, Augusta State University


"DeRosier has produced a masterful biography of William Dunbar that should be on the reading list of every serious student of American history. He has documented the life and times of Dunbar, who was undoubtedly the intellectual giant of West Florida and the Mississippi Territory. Many Americans are familiar with the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, but few know that Thomas Jefferson appointed William Dunbar to lead a scientific expedition of the Ouachita River and the 'hot springs' in the southern portion of the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. In his page-turning biography, Arthur DeRosier has assigned Dunbar his rightful place in American history." -- Elbert R. Hilliard, Director Emeritus, Mississippi Department of Archives and History


"This is an important work that fills a gap in the historiography of the Mississippi planter class. It will appeal to both the college level scholar of early Mississippi history and the casual Mississippi historian equally." -- Journal of Mississippi History


"Arthur H. DeRosier Jr. gives William Dunbar (1750-1810) his full due in this well-researched and clearly written biography." -- Journal of American History


"This book gives historians abundant information to plan their investigations of an area and a person much ignored by historians." -- Isis


"DeRosier rescues Dunbar from obscurity to provide him a rightful place as one of the most influential scientists and agriculturalists in the Mississippi Valley during the late colonial and early national periods.... Dunbar's life represents a remarkable story of an intellectual farmer whose quest for knowledge knew no bounds." -- Jay H. Buckley, Agricultural History

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