Plants and Empire
Author: Londa Schiebinger. Schiebinger delves into the history of the eighteenth century, when epic scientific voyages were being sponsored by European imperial powers to explore the natural riches of the New World and uncover the botanical secrets of its people. These bioprospectors brought back medicines, luxuries, and staples for their king and country. Risking their lives to discover exotic plants, these daredevil explorers joined with their sponsors to create a global culture of botany. Softcover.