Unformatted text preview: A main difference between these two writings would be the opinions regarding the future of the fertile ground. Whereas Columbus, at least in this writing, shows no intentions of attempting to grow Old World produce in the New World, the Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge shows an intention of attempting to grow other crops that have been successful in other regions of the world, citing the growth of sugar cane, coffee, and ginger as proof of the New World’s fertile soil. Another notable difference would be the somewhat desperate tone of the Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge to find different uses for the various types of plants that come forthwith from American soil. The emphasis of this writing is not the multitude of different flora and fauna that Columbus stresses, but rather the advancement of scientific achievement and/or trade and commerce through the use of America’s flora and fauna....
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- Spring '08