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The Natural Environment

“In the days of our boyhood and youth, Buffaloes roamed over the small and beautiful prairies of Indiana and Illinois, and herds of them stalked through the open woods of Kentucky and Tennessee; but they had dwindled down to a few stragglers …and soon after entirely disappeared … Now you must direct your steps to the ‘Indian Country’, and travel many hundreds of miles beyond the fair valleys of the Ohio, towards the great rocky chain of mountains which forms the backbone of North America

Source:Audubon, 1849 fide McGill University: "The America that Vanished"