[NAFEX] Introduction of apples to North America
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Nov 9 10:14:48 EST 2007
In The Apples of Maine it mentions that fishermen from Europe in the
1500's went to the outer islands of the Grand Banks to catch and dry
cod. They took apples with them to prevent scurvy and when they
reached the islands, they dumped cores, etc. there that grew into
apples. Indians coming to the islands from the mainland found apples
growing there and took them back to the mainland. Thus, when the
Pilgrims arrived, apples were already established on the mainland.
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On Nov 9, 2007, at 7:03 AM, David.Maxwell at dal.ca wrote:
I understand that apples are not native to the Americas. Who brought
Champlain wrote in 1605 that "the cold was so intense that the cider
was divided by
an axe..." (not clear whether this cider had been brewed in New France,
with them from France.) He also records taking fruit trees with him in
1606 to plant
in Quebec. Poutrincourt made a number of trips between France and
between 1605 and 1610, bringing "seeds of all kinds", and Lescarbot in
writing about the Port Royal habitation, makes reference to the good
year "except for the trees they planted, which are not so prompt in
de Rasilly, who established Fort Ste. Marie de Grace at the mouth of
River in Nova Scotia, (about 5 km. from my present day house), in 1632,
in his diary planting apple trees to supply the fort with cider, and
Nicolas Denys in
1635 reported seeing several apple and pear trees, well rooted and in
condition at Port LaTour, across the river from the Fort. He also makes
"apple and pear trees which are well started but not yet in condition
to bear, since
they were brought small from France", (suggesting that they were not
seeds, but importing grafted trees.) Were these men responsible for
apples to North America, or were they preceded by British settlers in
Or even earlier? (I am embarrased by my ignorance of early European
of North America.)
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