Joseph Banks and his travelling plants, 1787-1810

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Jordan Goodman, last updated: 9th February 2017

After Cook

Jordan Goodman takes us on a botanical journey to the ends of the earth.

Joseph Banks never commanded a ship. In 1773, aged 30, he went on his last voyage, a short crossing from Hellevoetsluis, south Holland, to Harwich. Yet not only was the sea always at the centre of his life – he lived until the age of 77 – but his interventions radically changed what ships did, particularly in furthering the science of natural history and redistributing the world’s flora.

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