Fish Fertilizer: A Native North American Practice?

@article{Ceci1975FishFA,
  title={Fish Fertilizer: A Native North American Practice?},
  author={Lynn Ceci},
  journal={Science},
  year={1975},
  volume={188},
  pages={26 - 30}
}
  • L. Ceci
  • Published 4 April 1975
  • History
  • Science
The belief that the use of fish fertilizers originated among North American Indians, and was communicated as such by Squanto to the Plymouth settlers, has achieved the status of folklore and is therefore difficult to challenge. However, examination of the documentary evidence of Squanto's history and of native cultivation practices, and a cultural analysis of the implications of the use of fish fertilizer, have produced complementary lines of evidence. This evidence indicates that widely held… 
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