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Theodore Roosevelt and expedition party on the Sepotuba River, 1914

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Theodore Roosevelt combines a lecture tour with exploration of the River of Doubt (Roosevelt River) in the Amazon Valley during his 1913-1914 trip to South America. In January of 1914, the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition travels in Brazil on the Paraguay River and the Sepotuba River to Tapirapoan, where the overland portion of their journey to the headwaters of the River of Doubt began. A native trading boat appears to be lashed to the small launch carrying the Roosevelt party; the launch moves slowly toward the camera. The man wearing a white shirt, seated to the right on the boat, is probably Roosevelt. Location may be the Sepotuba River. Camera distance and film quality make positive identification of individuals impossible.

Resource Type: Video

Subject: Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition; Scientific expeditions; Launches; Boats and boating; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Amazon River Valley; Brazil; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1914-01?

Frank Harper, ex-President Roosevelt's secretary, tells of South American trip

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Theodore Roosevelt's secretary Frank Harper describes their journey through South America along with George K. Cherrie and Leo E. Miller, representatives of the American Museum of Natural History. It details specimens collected for donation to various museums. Photograph of Anthony Fiala, Cherrie, Father Zahm, Theodore Roosevelt, Kermit Roosevelt, Frank Harper, and Miller is included. 

Resource Type: Newspaper Article

Subject: Discovery and exploration, Brazilian; Biological specimens; Discoveries in geography; Museums; Speeches, addresses, etc.; South America; Brazil; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Cherrie, George Kruck, 1865-1946; Miller, Leo E. (Leo Edward), 1887-1952; Fiala, Anthony, 1869-1950; Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945; Zahm, John Augustine, 1851-1921

Date: 1914-02?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Burroughs

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Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed his time in Brazil, even though it was hard and dangerous. Discovering the new river was "really rather extraordinary."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Scientific expeditions; Books and reading; Brazil; Brazil--Roosevelt River

Date: 1914-05-18

Letter from John Burroughs to Theodore Roosevelt

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John Burroughs looks forward to hearing of Theodore Roosevelt's experiences in South America. Burroughs can't get to New York or Long Island before the fall. Burroughs compliments Roosevelt on "the finding of that unknown river" and wishes him a fast recovery from a tropical poison he encountered.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel--Planning; Scientific expeditions; Brazil--Roosevelt River; South America

Date: 1914-07-08

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Leslie Tarlton

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Theodore Roosevelt was relieved that the report of "old R. J.'s death" was false. He has been reluctant to write due to the terrible tragedy of the war and he feels totally out of sympathy with the actions of the Wilson administration. Roosevelt completed a trip down an unknown South American river, the River of Doubt, earlier in 1914. There wasn't much shooting and he became very sick but made it through. Kermit Roosevelt has married and works at a bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ethel Roosevelt Derby and Richard Derby are running a hospital in Paris, France.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: World War (1914-1918); War; International relations; Rivers; Discoveries in geography; Discovery and exploration, American; Discovery and exploration, Brazilian; South America; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Argentina--Buenos Aires; France--Paris; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Derby, Ethel Roosevelt, 1891-1977; Derby, Richard, 1881-1963

Date: 1914-11-29

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Sir John Scott Keltie

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Theodore Roosevelt claims that on the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition there wouldn't have been any "observations worth anything" if he hadn't insisted on it and that his companions' work was mostly valueless unless he was around. There were many shortcomings in planning and preparation. Roosevelt believes that he, along with Kermit Roosevelt and Anthony Fiala, could have made better preparations. Roosevelt describes the river's features and will be sending Sir John Scott Keltie a map of the River of Doubt (Roosevelt River) that is incredibly accurate.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition; Discoveries in geography; Discoveries in geography--Planning; Scientific expeditions; Rivers--Maps; Brazil; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Fiala, Anthony, 1869-1950

Date: 1914-12-17

List of photographs during the exploration of the River of Doubt

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Contains lists of photographs taken on the River of Doubt expedition. Includes letters and lists sent to Robert Bridges, of Scribner's Magazine, in February 1914. 

Resource Type: List

Subject: Photographs; Brazil--Roosevelt River

Date: 1914?

Note from Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

President Roosevelt inscribed the fly-leaf of A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion, translated by George Long, saying the copy was lent to him by Major Shipton and was carried by Roosevelt throughout South America, including the exploration of the "River of Doubt."

Resource Type: Note

Subject: Books and reading; South America; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Shipton, James Ancil, 1867-1926

Date: 1915-02-08

Marcus Aurelius

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President Roosevelt inscribed the fly-leaf of The Thoughts of Emperor M. Aurelius Antonius, translated by George Long, saying the copy was lent to him by Major Shipton and was carried by Roosevelt throughout South America, including the exploration of the "River of Doubt."

Resource Type: Book

Subject: Books and reading; South America; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Shipton, James Ancil, 1867-1926

Date: 1915-02-08

The Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion

Description:

President Roosevelt inscribed the fly-leaf of A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion, translated by George Long, saying the copy was lent to him by Major Shipton and was carried by Roosevelt throughout South America, including the exploration of the "River of Doubt."

Resource Type: Book

Subject: Books and reading; South America; Brazil--Roosevelt River; Shipton, James Ancil, 1867-1926

Date: 1915-02-08?

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