[NAFEX] Introduction of apples to North America
bwoodtx at verizon.net
Fri Nov 9 10:15:21 EST 2007
In 1629, in a memorandum of the Massachusetts Company it states: "Stones of
all sorts of fruites, as peaches, plums, filberts, cherries, pear, apple,
quince kernels were sent to new England."
Oak Creek Orchard
bwoodtx at verizon.net
----- Original Message -----
From: <David.Maxwell at dal.ca>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 9:03 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Introduction of apples to North America
>I understand that apples are not native to the Americas. Who brought them?
> 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, or
> 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 Acadie
> between 1605 and 1610, bringing "seeds of all kinds", and Lescarbot in
> writing about the Port Royal habitation, makes reference to the good
> harvest that
> year "except for the trees they planted, which are not so prompt in
> bearing". Simon
> de Rasilly, who established Fort Ste. Marie de Grace at the mouth of the
> 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 good
> condition at Port LaTour, across the river from the Fort. He also makes
> reference to
> "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 just
> seeds, but importing grafted trees.) Were these men responsible for
> apples to North America, or were they preceded by British settlers in the
> Or even earlier? (I am embarrased by my ignorance of early European
> of North America.)
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