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Exhibit item: PRINZ VON MAXIMILIAN WEID, Reise in das Innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834, 1839-1841

Exhibit item:
PRINZ VON MAXIMILIAN WEID
Reise in das Innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834, 1839-1841

This print of grizzly bears, based on a drawing by Karl Bodmer, appears in one of the great colorplate books of the American West. The members of Sebastián Vizcaínos expedition encountered a similar scene when they stopped on the central California coast in 1602.

Quotation:
Translation by HENRY RAUP WAGNER
Father Antonio de la Ascención's Account of the Voyage of Sebastián Vizcaíno, 1929

"[Puerto de Monterey] is a very good port and well protected from all winds. There is much wood and water in it and an immense number of great pine trees, smooth and straight, suitable for the masts and yards of ships; many very large live-oaks with which to build ships; great white oaks, and forests of great scarlet oaks ...

There are many different kinds of animals, and large ones such as bears, so large that their feet are a good third of a yard long and a hand wide.

There are oysters, lobsters, crabs and burgaos among the rocks, and many large seals or sea-calves, and whales. One very large one recently dead had gone ashore on the coast in this port and the bears came by night to dine on it."

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