Creator

Date Original

1818-1819

Description

This collection contains type scripts of letters written by Thomas Nuttall describing the settlements of Arkansas Post, Little Rock, and Fort Smith, the geography and richness of the land, and the people who inhabited the area.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Nuttall was a botanist and early American explorer. Born in England about 1786, Nuttall came to America in 1808. After explorations into northeastern Canada and up the Missouri River, Nuttall was asked by the American Philosophical Society to explore the Arkansas River and surrounding area. He embarked on the trip in 1818, returned in 1820, and was paid a total of three hundred dollars. He traveled to the newly-built Fort Smith, and used the fort as a base from which to explore further, collecting and sending at least one shipment of specimens back to his Philadelphian backers.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; England

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.013.002

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Thomas Nuttall letters, SMC.013.002

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Thomas Nuttall letters, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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