By Londa L Schiebinger

Plants seldom determine within the grand narratives of battle, peace, or perhaps lifestyle but they can be on the middle of excessive intrigue. within the eighteenth century, epic medical voyages have been backed by way of eu imperial powers to discover the ordinary riches of the recent global, and discover the botanical secrets and techniques of its humans. Bioprospectors introduced again medicinal drugs, luxuries, and staples for his or her king and nation. Risking their lives to find unique crops, those daredevil explorers joined with their sponsors to create a world tradition of botany.

But a few secrets and techniques have been unearthed in basic terms to be misplaced back. during this relocating account of the abuses of indigenous Caribbean humans and African slaves, Schiebinger describes how slave girls brewed the "peacock flower" into an abortifacient, to make sure that they'd undergo no little ones into oppression. but, impeded by way of alternate winds of winning opinion, wisdom of West Indian abortifacients by no means flowed into Europe. A wealthy heritage of discovery and loss, Plants and Empire explores the circulation, triumph, and extinction of data during encounters among Europeans and the Caribbean populations.

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