Differences between Colombus and Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge

Differences between Colombus and Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge

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George Dorfman Philip Pauly Science in American Culture January 25, 2008 Both Christopher Columbus and the American Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge mention the plethora of climates, environments and biodiversity present in North America. The adequate amount of plant life and richness of soil accommodated various types of fruit, grain, and spices, all of which were noted by both writings as a highly positive trait of the land. Waterways that cut through the land were also remarked upon. Another similarity stressed in both writings is the importance of not only the New World, but for the country of origin of both parties who wrote these papers. Throughout Columbus’ letter, he stresses upon the benefits to be provided to Spain and the Royal Family from the newly discovered islands. Similarly, on page six of the society’s essay, the writer emphasizes that “such discoveries will not only be a benefit to ourselves, but they will render us more useful to our mother country.”
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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 Worlds 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 Americas flora and fauna....
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