Plant Diversity

Historical Interest in Plants

What contributions did John and William Bartram make to botany?

The first American botanist was John Bartram (1699–1777); along with his son, William Bartram (1739–1823), he traveled throughout the American colonies observing the flora and fauna. Although John Bartram never published his observations, he was considered the authority on American plants. In 1791, his son William published his notes on American plants and animals as Bartram’s Travels.


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