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Excelente,excelente e imprescindible para quien quiera conocer sobre las plantas y frutas de nuestra region.Escrito con gran precision y una prosa muy amena.gracias por esta version digital que ponen a disposicion de todos.
Victor Manuel Patiño was Colombia's best known economic botanist of the late 20th century. He was also an accomplished ethnobotanist and ethnohistorian, and used this full range of information to study the history and dispersal of native American fruits and other crops before European conquest and in the following 200 to 300 years.
This volume is an updated version of his classic "Cultivated plants and domestic animals in tropical America. Volume 1. Fruits" of 1963. The "Cultivated plants..." series includes 4 more volumes, the last published in 1971.
In this 2002 volume, fully revised and updated, Patiño examines most of the immediate post-conquest chronicles and other documents written by Spaniards, Portuguese, French, Dutch, English and other officials and adventurers in an attempt to identify the native American plants mentioned, describe their uses and the first impressions of the Europeans, and identify their biogeography. Because most of these writers were not trained in natural history, deciphering their writings is a monumental task and, as Patiño himself mentions frequently, does not always permit a clear identification of each mention of a fruit.
Nonetheless, this volume is the essential companion for anyone interested in native American fruits, their domestication and biogeography, their uses and the perceptions of the first Europeans about the cornucopia that they found during Conquest.
Charles R. Clement
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil