The agriculture of the Antilles: a substancial contribution to the world.
Since October 12th of 1492, the
world was not the same. The admiral Christopher Columbus
landed on new continent, which later was named America.
When he discovered the Antilles, found that these islands
were inhabited by several tribes and the agriculture was the
center of their lives, uses and costumes, many of them were
inherited and still are in use. The present work, describes
some costumes and provides some examples of their
influence on names of crops such as peanut (Arachis hypogea
L.), corn (Zea mays L.) sowrsop (Annona muricata L.), sweet
pitaya (Hylocereus undatus B & G) and tobacco (Nicotiana
tabacum L.), particular uses in the case of mamey (Mammea
americana L.), cocoplum (Chysobalanus icaco L.) and
cassava (Manihot esculenta C.), as food crops as cocoyam
(Xanthosoma saggittifolium Sh), sweet potato (Ipomoea
batatas L.) and topee tambo (Callathea allonia) or native
plants such as pineapple (Ananas comosus L.), nance
(Byrsonima crassifolia H.B.K.), guava (Psidium guajava L.),
coconut (Cocos nucífera L.), star apple (Chysophylum cainito
L.), guayacán (Guayacum sanctum L.) and mahogany
(Swietenia microphyla L.).