Natural Environment of the American West

The American West that Phileas Fogg travels through in his journey, as described by Verne, very closely resembles the reality of the region during this time.  The mountains and wild, rugged land that Fogg encounters would be an accurate representation of the landscape.

A member of the 1870 Hayden Survey sketches Gilbert’s Peak, Utah. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

In one instance, the train that Fogg is riding on encounters buffalo on the tracks and is forced to stop.  We found that the location Verne cites in his book would not have had buffalo roaming there in 1870.