Breadfruit, Banks, Bligh and the Bounty - The Arboretum
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Sunday, December 9; 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Breadfruit, Banks, Bligh and the Bounty

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A history talk by Mitchell Hearns Bishop. Joseph Banks intended to introduce the breadfruit tree to the Caribbean as a nutritious source of food for slaves working in the sugar plantations. The first attempt failed when the Bounty mutineers seized the ship and threw the trees into the ocean. A second attempt succeeded, however, breadfruit was never widely cultivated in the Americas but remains a beloved staple in Polynesia and to a lesser extent other favorable climates.



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