Explorer-botanists, motivated by curiosity and opportunity, scoured the American continent in search of plants.
John Ellis (1711-1776)
Directions for bringing over seeds
and plants from the East-Indies and other
distant countries, in a state of vegetation.
London: L. Davis, 1770
They often chronicled their adventures and discoveries in journals later published as books. Other scientists wrote books that described and promoted American plants as medicine, food, garden flowers, or even curiosities of nature.

Early Botanical Books | A Common Language For Discovery |
| Exploring The World | Discovering America's Plants |

Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery is a collaboration
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