ATHENS, Ga. -- Generations of nature and history lovers in the Southeast have read and reread a book published in 1791 by naturalist William Bartram and usually called by the truncated name of Travels. This seminal work describes in depth the flora and fauna of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Fewer people know that Bartram's descriptions of Indian culture remain to this day extremely important. Now, a University of Georgia professor has discovered what is probably a rare copy - one of three known - of a now-lost Bartram original manuscript of a book published as "Observations on the Creek and Cherokee Indians." The copy adds an important chapter to the legacy of Bartram, which has remained undiminished for more than two centuries.
"I continue to hope that the original Bartram manuscript will be discovered," said Mark Williams of the UGA Department of Anthropology. "But in the absence of that document, this newly …