Flowers from st. Martin. the 19th century watercolours of westindian plants painted by hendrik van rijgersma

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    Abstract

    St. Martin, in the Lesser Antilles, is half French: the southern half (36 km2) comprises Sint Maarten, part of the Netherlands Antilles and part of the Kingdom
    of the Netherlands. Discovered by Columbus in 1493, much of the land was turned over to sugar plantations so that little 'original' vegetation survives. There is the familiar pantropical beach flora, mangrove, and dry scrub with the famous turk's cap cacti (Melocactus spp.), and little mountain vegetation of deciduous
    seasonal forest. Slavery was abolished by Willem III in 1863 and following this the home country sent out government doctors. And so it was that Hendrik van
    Rijgersma came to this biologically unpromising dot in the Caribbean.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)114-115
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of the History of Collections
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1989

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