Bulletin of the Pan American Union Volume 27, Nos. 1-3

Bulletin of the Pan American Union Volume 27, Nos. 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...delivered by Dr. Rafael Uribe Uhibe before the Agricultural Society of Columbia covers in all its details the growth and history of the banana, the following resume of which is published in deference to the widespread interest in the world's markets in regard to this valuable plant: While it is uncertain what country may claim the banana as indigenous, all tropical lands assert their right to it. It has, however, been known since the origin of the human race. Complete description of it is found in the book of the Vedas, in the laws of Manii, and in other records of Sanscrit literature. In the western sections of India it has been known since remote times, Semitic traditions establishing its origin on the shores of the Euphrates, the foot of the Himalayas, or eastern Hindostan. Superstitions have attributed to the plant a supernatural origin, and it is related that the first Portuguese who, on doubling the Cape of Good Hope, found the banana growing in India, refrained from cutting it on account of the cross popularly supposed to be within the fruit. Many writers are of the opinion that the biblical bunches of grapes brought by the spies sent out by Moses to view the Promised Land were in reality huge stalks of bananas, while in the Middle Ages it was believed to be the forbidden fruit of Paradise. As to whether or not the banana is native to America, authorities are divided, some maintaining that the plant was not found here on its discovery by the Europeans, while others assert that it formed an article of food among the Incas and was found on the shores of the Orinoco, the Amazon, and their branches. According to Humboldt. in all tropical America the tradition exists that the banana far antedated Columbus. Geographical...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236970187
  • 9781236970183