Friday, March 16, 2007

009.Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Plants

From Dr. Dave Wang's paper, Benjamin Franklin and China we have learned that Franklin worked hard to transplant Chinese plants to North America in order to facilitate the agricultural development. With this post I introduce you some information on Franklin's efforts to transplant Soybeans to North America. In 1770, Franklin sent seeds from London to the botanist John Bartram (1699-1777). Bartram planted them in his garden which was situated on the west bank of the Schuykill River below Philadelphia. More information is available from this link.

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