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Ferdinand Lindheimer Self-portrait

Ferdinand Lindheimer Self-portrait

The 33-year-old Ferdinand Lindheimer followed his former teacher Georg Bunsen to America in 1834. Lindheimer soon joined other German adventurers at Engelmann’s Illinois farm about 20 miles from St. Louis. A warmer climate, however, called Lindheimer as the fall season brought colder temperatures. Lindheimer and five companions took a riverboat to New Orleans where the restless Germans had difficulty deciding their next move. Texas beckoned some with offers of affordable land. Others heard a different call and looked beyond the Gulf of Mexico to land with mineral and plant riches described by the scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Thus began Lindheimer’s and the Friedrich brothers’ journey to Mexico.

More Information

  • Goyne, Minetta A.: A Life Among the Texas Flora, TAMU Press, 1991
  • Hale, Douglas: Wanderers Between Two Worlds, Xlibris, 2005


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