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Drawing the Line: Mapping Cultivated Plants and Seeing Nature in Nineteenth-Century Plant Geography

  • Nils GüttlerEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter discusses discourses on crop distribution in early nineteenth-century plant geography and the construction of vegetation maps. An examination of Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle’s Carte botanique de France (1805) demonstrates that cultivated plants affected how botanists thought about plant distribution and understanding regional variation in plant life. Research on wild and cultivated plants was strongly intertwined in the early nineteenth century. By recovering this tradition, we are also led to reevaluate our understanding of the influence of “Humboldtianism” at this time. From the 1860s onwards, studies of wild and cultivated plants took separate routes, leading to a more specialized genre of research on cultivated plants.

Keywords

Heinrich Berghaus A. P. de Candolle Alexander von Humboldt Crop maps Plant distribution Plant geography Vegetation maps Arthur Young 

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