Sample English Paper on The American Naturalist: Rambles in Florida


The end of the civil war left remnants of different natural forms and tools in America  after the end of the civil war. Some of the tools and natural forms remained intact and unfazed, but most were distorted and their original forms altered. An expedition by R.E.C. Stearns shows  some of the forms and what is left of them now. The expedition shows the ability of different  natural forms to withstand the test of time on all accords. 

The mounds discovered have served their purpose in the civil war to the point of slight  tampering. “Undisturbed ten years ago its surface was as the builders left it, but its slopes and  summit were so changed, through the military purposes for which it was used during the recent  civil war” (Stearns 282). The mound remains to signify the strength of nature against weapons  used in the civil war. Even though some parts were altered, most of it remained to show just how  strong and effective it must have been. The other mound seen was covered in trees and shrubs  with skeletons of unfamiliar men twisted in it. The purpose of these mounds is clearly shown as  burial sites for men who died during the civil war. “In their ramifications wound and twisted  among the skeletons of unknown men whose decayed bones crumbled at a touch” (Stearns 282).  The mound further segments the strength of nature across time, seeing how the decayed bones  fell to pieces while the mound continues to hold other vegetation. The meaning brought about is  the importance of these mounds as time goes by.

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Different types of sea animals are also discovered along the seashores along with their  various functions. The statement, “but think of the world of enchantment, of the precious  treasures that the microscope has opened to all” (Stearns 285) shows discoveries the writer  expected to find in the thin slice of Sea-urchin. He did not find the live version of the creature  but still expects wonders regardless, showing its relevance even though it might have been  detached long ago. Stearns (285) states that “If we were strolling along the shores of California  or Europe, we should meet with the same queer forms.” The reference is for dogfishes and skate  fishes because of the purse-like egg cases they make. Different groups of people eat different  species of skate fishes. The skate fishes are still present despite being edible and even used as  bait in fishing.

The writer encounters items that were used by the people, such as ships and shells. The  materials used to make the ship are seen as strong as they could even be seen, and the writer  could depict what they had experienced. Stearns (287) states that “No vestige of name is left;  their wooden skeletons tell of fierce storms” shows that ships were used, and the writer can tell  what they went through by looking at the remaining parts. “Stone implements were found, and in  the surrounding field fragments of earthenware less perishable than the hands that made them”  (Stearns 287). The statement shows that people made earthenware that they used in their daily  lives. They are made of a lasting material that has enabled them to remain visible years after the  civil war, even though traces of people who made them can barely be seen.

Natural organisms aside from human beings can stay long enough to tell relevant stories.  The undisputed message emanates from the different remnants the writer encountered during his  expedition. Numerous setbacks may have been encountered, but most of these forms were able to be seen. Therefore, natural forms are the most viable research objects to use to find out any  information.


Works Cited

Stearns, Robert Edwards Carter. The American Naturalist: Rambles in Florida 3.9, 1869.