Date in History:
John Bartram, famous naturalist and explorer died on this date. Considered the “father of American botany,” Bartram first came to East Florida in the winter of 1765/66 and collected numerous plant species, noting the faunal species as well. His account of the expedition was published in the Journal in London and many of his specimens were sold to collections back in England. His son William would become even more famous for his exploration of Florida and the southeastern U.S. and his book Travels.