Author(s): Goodman, Jordan,
Date of Publication: 06/08/2020,
Pagination: 560 pages,
Imprint: William Collins,
Published By: HarperCollins Publishers,
Book Classification: Botany & plant sciences, Biography: science technology & medicine
Bounties of new plants were brought back, and their arrival meant much more than improved flowerbeds - it offered a new scientific frontier that would transform Europe's industry, medicine, eating and drinking habits, and even fashion. Joseph Banks was the dynamo for this momentous change.
His thinking was as intrepid as Cook's seafaring: he commissioned radically influential and physically daring expeditions such as those of Francis Masson to the Cape Colony, George Staunton to China, George Caley to Australia, William Bligh to Tahiti and Jamaica, among many others.