You said " the above statement is not strictly true." and the second part of
the statement was "it was unknown before the Spanish copnquest of Peru." (I
So, someone got to Peru and exported potatoes before Pizarro? Is that what
you are indeed implying? I have not read all the posts on the group over the
years by any means, so if there is something you are referring to that I
don't know about here, I would be extremely interested in seeing this,
because if potatoes left Peru before the arrival of the Spanish and, say,
arrived in Ireland or someplace, that would be an amazing thing, in my view.
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From: "Stiof MacAmhalghaidh" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2008 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: Feast of Tara
> > The potato is a native os South America and it was unknown before the
> > Spanish copnquest of Peru.
> > Bryant
> Having just now been deeply irritated by something I read (unrelated to
> all this) I am
> in a grumpy mood and have chosen to vent this feeling by noting that the
> second part of
> the above statement is not strictly true.
> Having done that, I will add that an article in History Ireland of 3-5
> years ago argued
> (presuasively) for a psoecific date for the introduction of the spud to
> Ireland (which
> date I cannot remember!) and a likely origin for the things (Spain or
> France or
> Germany - again I can't remember and to be honest don't much care!) as
> opposed to from
> England (the usual presumed source). Someone with more time and a better
> collection of copies of HI might enlighten us as to the overall thrust of
> the argument
> in that article... or they may might not. The unpredictability of life is
> so very
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