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Natural History, Exploration, and Landscape in 19th-Century Chile

"Yet in these early years after independence, Chile’s leaders recognized the usefulness of scientific knowledge, which offered information, for example, on natural resources and could produce usable maps. At the same time, for naturalists seeking to make their name, Chileans with scientific inclinations, and travelers with scientific interests, Chile offered enticing possibilities because it was so little known and explored scientifically. ..." – By Patience Schell

Environmental History of Commodities in Central America

"It has various zones of life ranging from a very humid and rainy forest to the dry woodlands. Its condition as an isthmus makes Central America an area that inherits species of flora and fauna from both North and South America. Neo-artic vegetation can be observed up to Nicaragua, while neo-tropical vegetation appears from the south of Costa Rica onward. ..." – By Anthony Goebel and Andrea Montero

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