Plant dispersal: Atlantic crossings

Patricia Cleveland-Peck looks at the long history of plant dispersal between the New World and the Old.

Banana flower at La Huerta. Photo: Dean WoodThis year the August Old Spanish Days and Fiesta held annually in Santa Barbara, California will also include celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This is one of the chain of 21 missions established by the Spanish which stretch up the coast of Alta California. As with all the missions founded by the Spanish in this and other parts of ‘New Spain’, the aim was to secure their hold on the territory and to convert the indigenous people to Catholicism.

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription

If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in.

Please email if you have any problems.