History Abridged: Migration – the Potato

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Published: 8th July 2020

The Potato

History Abridged: This feature seeks to take a person, event or period and abridge, or focus on, an important event or detail that can get lost in the big picture. Think Horrible Histories for grownups (without the songs and music). See all History Abridged articles

The gradual move of humans from being solely hunter gatherers to crop growers is one the key turning points in mankind’s development. The crops that were grown were entirely dependent on geography, ability to convert to food, and to store. In Europe and the Middle East, therefore, many of the earliest crops are grains and plants, such as turnips and beetroots. In south America early records indicate that one of their crops for food was the potato...

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