Orange Cultivation in the New World

Christopher Columbus initiated Orange Cultivation by introducing orange seeds from the Canary Islands to the Islands of Hispaniola (now Haiti and Dominican Republic) in 1493 during his second voyage. Cultivation finally took hold by 1519 in Panama and in Florida by 1579. Portuguese growers in Brazil developed and cultivated the Navel (seedless) oranges.

      1493, 1519, 1579
      Christopher Columbus
      Islands of Hispaniola

Additional Information:

  • Orange (fruit) – New World Encyclopedia
    In botany, orange refers to any of several types of small, evergreen trees or shrubs bearing round fruit and belonging to the genus Citrus, and in particular applies to the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis in many taxonomies) or the Seville, sour, or bitter orange (Citrus aurantium in many taxonomies).
  • Orange (fruit) – Wikipedia
    The orange is the fruit of the citrus species Citrus × sinensis in the family Rutaceae.
  • Christopher Columbus – Foods of the New World – Tori Avey
    When Christopher Columbus first reached the Bahamian Islands in 1492, he encountered a native culture completely unfamiliar to Europeans. Native Bahamian foods were strange and surprising to Columbus and his crew.
  • Citrus Industry History – Florida Citrus Mutual
    Throughout the ages, the fruit of citrus trees has been a symbol of eternal love, happiness, and even holiness.
  • Christopher Columbus – Wikipedia
    The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo and, in Spanish, it is Cristóbal Colón.

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