Atlas of the Physical and Political History of Chile [Plates, Volume 2]
Claudio Gay was born in Provence,
in 1800. In childhood he developed a deep fascination with the natural
sciences. In his youth, he traveled extensively in parts of Europe under
direction of the Italian botanist Juan Bautista Balbis, visiting the
Alps, northern Italy, Greece, Asia Minor,
and several Mediterranean islands. In 1828 the adventurer Pedro Chapuis
him to come to Chile
to teach geography. Gay accepted the offer, and lived in Chile until
1842, working as a teacher and participating in scientific expeditions.
Under a ...