A British Butterfly Collector on the Texas Frontier

by James Kaye



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/8/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781490759548
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781490759555
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781490759531

About the Book

The protagonist is a young British butterfly collector who, working for the British Museum in London, collected the little-known butterflies and moths at the time in Texas in 1840. The collector teamed with a Spanish señorita to collect them across Texas when traveling in an ox-drawn covered wagon over rough and muddy roads and through the ranges of hostile Native Americans. The book is about their collections and, at times, hazardous adventures. The text is a natural history of the butterfly and moth species pictured. The book is also a history of pioneer Texas of the 1840s as well as the ethnology of Comanche Indians.

About the Author

James Kaye (James K. Baker) is a retired research biologist from the National Park Service with tours of duty in Carlsbad Caverns, Padre Island, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. James Kaye is author of The Lavaca River Trench and Lost Canon; The Gonzales to San Felipe Road in Texas, 1827–1828; Slaves of the ‘Ole’ Foley Plantation, Lavaca County, Texas; The Sons of Washington Green Lee Foley, Lavaca County, Texas; The Daughters and Grandsons of Washington Green Lee (‘Ole’) Foley, Lavaca County, Texas; and The Demise of Sarah Ann (Sallie) Curry, Lavaca County, Texas, 1876—all in “The Journal of South Texas.” Also published are three novels on Texas history: Louisa of Woods’ Crossing, during time of the 1836 Texas Revolution; Berlandier, A French Naturalist on the Texas Frontier; and Sallie Curry of West Campbell Branch, Texas based on a true 1876 story.