Thursday, September 25, 2014

QotD: I had on a Panama hat, soaked with rain and spotted with mud, a check shirt, white pantaloons, yellow up to the knees with mud ...

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FYI, I lacked the white pantaloons
I had on a Panama hat, soaked with rain and spotted with mud, a check shirt, white pantaloons, yellow up to the knees with mud ... - John Lloyd Stephens. Incidents of Travel in Central-America, Chiapas and Yucatan. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings. London (1841), Volume I, p.127
From Wikipedia:
John Lloyd Stephens (November 28, 1805 – October 13, 1852) was an American explorer, writer, and diplomat. Stephens was a pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America and in the planning of the Panama railroad. In 1839, President Martin Van Buren commissioned Stephens as Special Ambassador to Central America. While there, the government of the Federal Republic of Central America fell apart in civil war. His Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán gives a vivid description of some of those events which Stephens witnessed.
A few years earlier, he had traveled to the Middle East, publishing Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land (1837), one of the best (and earliest) American account of the region (and where I'd first heard of him when writing my book on Egyptian travel accounts, Nile Notes of a Howadji (1992).

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