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About William Bartram


William Bartram's views on Native American life, especially about the Seminole, Creek, and Cherokee, mixed his admiration for native people with his ideas about living in harmony and appreciation of the natural world.  The spirituality of his writing was influential on both the Romantic movement in Britain and America and on the transcendental thinkers. 

Introduction to William Bartram (Bartram Trail Conference Site)

William Bartram (American Philosophical Society)

Bartram as a Romantic (Florida Museum of Natural History)

Bartram Scenic Highway (Florida)




Talks: Prof. Thomas Hallock (USF) Bartram as Writer

Talks: Prof. Kathryn E. Holland Braund (Auburn) The Deerskin Trade


British Powder Horn from the Royal Ontario Museum

18th century power horn depicting a treaty meeting between British officials and Seminole and Creek leaders in Florida, c. 1766.  From The Royal Ontario Museum.

Class Reading Assignment


Long Warrior, from frontpiece to Bartram's "Travels"

Image of Long Warrior, Seminole chief of the town of Talahasochte, from the frontpiece to William Bartram's Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions; Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians. Philadelphia: printed by James and Johnson, 1791.

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