maandag 26 mei 2014

Old world plants in the new world as seen by John Josselyn

John Josselyn is known in environmental history as the first author to record changes in the floral landscape of the new world as a consequence of European settlement. Read: the first to write and identify common agricultural weeds. His 1671 book 'New England's Rarities, discovered in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, and Plants of that Country' is small but trailblazing. Josselyn was not a botanist and his findings are not deemed 100% trustworthy, but his reliability goes up when giving the list of plants 'that sprung up since the English planted and kept cattle in New-England'. The list is small and the footnotes by Edward Tuckerman in the 1865 reprint available on Archive almost crowd them out. Here they are:

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