JCB Archive of Early American Images
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B651 H557n / 2-SIZE
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illustration; p. 79
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Small cacao tree with its roots and seed pods.
Hernández, Francisco, 1517-1587
Nova plantarum, animalium et mineralium mexicanorum historia ...
Source place of publication:
Sumptibus Blasij Deuersini, & Zanobij Masotti Bibliopolarum. Typis Vitalis Mascardi
Scientific name: Theobroma cacao. It is native to South America, and its seeds are used to make cocoa and chocolate. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word cacahuatl.Hernández was an expert on medicinal botany who became personal physician to King Philip II of Spain. In 1571 he left for Mexico and the Philippines where he collected specimens for seven years. Three indigenous artists accompanied him.Image title from chapter title.
Acquired in 1971.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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