Finding David Douglas

Finding David Douglas

DVD - 2012
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"A scholarly and entertaining film about Scotland's intrepid 19th century plant collector and his perilous adventures in the North American wilderness"--Container.
Publisher: [Oregon.] : Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, [2012]
Copyright Date: ♭2012
Branch Call Number: DVD 580.92 D7456F 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in
Alternative Title: David Douglas

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Oct 12, 2017

Interesting documentary about David Douglas – a Scottish plant collector who went to the Pacific Northwest in the 1820s to collect plants and seeds to take back to England. The NW was primarily inhabited by local Indians and Hudson Bay fur trappers. He was stationed at Ft. Vancouver and knocked around the NW for two years before heading back home to England. Once back home he was disillusioned by the Royal Horticulture Society who were more interested in his personal fame. They wanted to publish his journals but he was only interested in nature, so he ventured back to America and explored and collected in Hawaii and California. He decided to walk back home by transversing Siberia which of course did not or could not happen in the 1800s. His health was starting to decline but he managed to make it to Hawaii where he climbed and explored several volcanoes. Always intrigued by nature, he made long lasting discoveries which affected his homeland Scotland (pine trees he discovered in the NW were planted on the Scottish hillsides). The Douglas pine is named after him. Only 55 minutes, so if you enjoy nature or Northwest history, you will enjoy this documentary. Good family viewing if you have kids interested in nature.

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