An herbal El Dorado: the quest for botanical wealth in the Spanish Empire.

@article{Vos2003AnHE,
  title={An herbal El Dorado: the quest for botanical wealth in the Spanish Empire.},
  author={Paula De Vos},
  journal={Endeavour},
  year={2003},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={
          117-21
        }
}
Few historians of science would associate the Spanish Empire with scientific innovation. However, recent research is increasingly demonstrating the Crown's strong commitment to scientific research, particularly in the areas of botany, natural history and medicine. Although this commitment began in the 16th century, it reached full development in the 18th, when Enlightenment ideals led to growing interest in exploiting natural resources in the New World. Interest in new resources, which offered… CONTINUE READING