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This is quite the adventure tale and travelog. We see cities, peoples, plants and wildlife of
Columbia and the ports our intrepid 'hunter' visits on the way there and back. It is an
interesting period; a canal is being cut through Columbia to the city of Panama by the French.
The characterisation is appropriate to the time - Europeans and the South American elite are
seen as admirable, especially in comparison to the natives and blacks. Indeed, the deaths of
several of Millican's native support staff along the way seem to be of minor concern. Millican
describes collecting orchids by cutting down many huge trees for a few plants per tree which,
we find out later, are unlikely to even survive the trip back to England. The large areas
pillaged by previous collectors are an annoyance since he has to travel further afield to collect
orchids. He tells us they don't seem to be growing back in areas already stripped. The hiking
and boating into and through the jungles and mountains are impressively narrated, but he
reduces our admiration by counting up 9 jaguar skins he's carrying back with him, not to
mention the crates of plants.
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