Borders of a New World

An excerpt from the wonderful nature writings of naturalist and explorer William Bartram, published in 1791:

Panorama of Billy’s Lake in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 7, 2017. © Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally at

“THIS little lake and surrounding meadows, would have been alone sufficient to surprise and delight the traveler, but being placed so near the great savanna, the attention is quickly drawn off, and wholly engaged in the contemplation of the unlimited, varied, and truly astonishing native wild scenes of landscape and perspective, there exhibited: how is the mind agitated and bewildered, at being thus, as it were, placed on the borders of a new world! On the first view of such an amazing display of the wisdom and power of the supreme Author of nature, the mind for a moment seems suspended, and impressed with awe.”  Travels, Part II, Chapter VI

William Bartram was a botantist, artist, and nature writer that explored the southeastern United States around the time of the American Revolution (1773-1776). He was a scientist, creationist and Christian that gave glory to the Author for all the wonderful works he observed and documented in his book, Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida. 


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