We go exploring along the Orinoco, in the last episode of our tribute to the great naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt, who mapped much of the river in 1800. We are celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth.
After an unprecedented five-year tour of South America, Mexico and Cuba, Humboldt returned to Europe a hero. Not only was he honored for surviving such an expedition, he freely shared all of his newly acquired knowledge.
On the year of the 250th birthday of the pioneering German naturalist, award-winning Humboldt expert Andrea Wulf has published an illustrated book about his storied 1799-1804 expedition through equatorial America.
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