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1. Cultivation

The potato, a root plant, was already cultivated by the Incas as a root crop; it was brought to Europe in the 1550s in the wake of the discovery of America (America, discovery of) by returning Spanish and Portuguese mariners (Columbian Exchange). By the 1570s, it was already being cultivated on a small scale in fields near Seville [2. 158 f.]; [3. 192]; [9. 141 f., 148]. At the end of the 16th century, it found its way as a botanical curiosity into the gardens of the English, French, and German aristocrac…

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Konersmann, Frank and Mahlerwein, Gunter, “Potato”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021978>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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