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Re: [beemonitoring] Honey in Georgia

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  • frozenbeedoc@cs.com
    What s the date on deSoto s march? I never did too well with history and dates. WE do have records of honey bees in the very first settlements in the New
    Message 1 of 3 , May 7, 2009
      What's the date on deSoto's march?  I never did too well with history and dates.  WE do have records of honey bees in the very first settlements in the New World.  Pilgrims, Virginia settlements. They spread out beyond the European settlements rather quickly.  The indians referred to them as the White Man's Fly.  MIght they have been in Georgia from that?  A rare feral colony?  About 30 years ago there was an article by Everet Oetell (sp), a scientist at the USDA lab in Baton Rouge, who did a lot of searching of old ships registers, even back in England.  I'll see if I can put my hands on it.  Maybe in American Bee Journal?

      Anita Collins
    • Charles Guevara
          Hello Claus....I m skeptical about: a quantity of bears grease preserved in pots ...these tramping speculators had quite tunnel-vision obsession to
      Message 2 of 3 , May 10, 2009
            Hello Claus....I'm skeptical about:"a quantity of bears grease preserved in pots"...these tramping speculators had quite tunnel-vision obsession to resources they could take...I doubt what was in that 'quantity of grease'/ wether or not it 'was preserved' could be accurately noted by the scribe/missionary-invader.  The journal entry of 'honey'...could quite naturally be processed sap of many tropical plants( honey being similar to 'mapel syrup' , especially to a beleauguered tramping invader?).  Then there was frenzy for both native vast amounts of refined gold, and for a literal 'fountain of youth'!
           See the widely available Klaus Kinskey film:" The Rath of A...", for quite tangible insights to  de Sotos 'mind set'.  A 'maple syrup type' processed tropical confection could easily be mistaken for  what we here call:'honey'.   charlie guevara  NJ,US

        --- On Thu, 5/7/09, Claus <alrunen@...> wrote:

        From: Claus <alrunen@...>
        Subject: [beemonitoring] Honey in Georgia
        To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 3:06 PM

        Hi all,

        I recently got a question I thought did not have a very obvious answer. Maybe some of you can help me here. When reading de Soto's narrative of the Conquest of Florida, the following statement is made:

            On the second day of their march, they entered
            the small town of Canasauga, where they were
            met by twenty Indians, bearing baskets of mulber
            ries, a fruit which abounded in this region, as did
            likewise the nut and plum trees. Continuing for
            ward for five days, through a desert country, on the
            25th of June they came in sight of Ichiaha, thirty
            leagues from Guaxule.

            This village stood on one end of an island, more
            than five leagues in length. The Cacique came out
            to receive the Governor, and gave him a friendly
            welcome ; his warriors treated the soldiers in the
            same kind and frank manner. They crossed the
            river in many canoes, and on rafts prepared for the
            purpose, and were quartered by the Indians, in
            their houses. Most of the soldiers, however, en
            camped under the trees around the village, and their
            worn out horses enjoyed rich and abundant pastur
            age in the neighbouring meadows. The Spaniards
            found in this village a quantity of bears grease pre
            served in pots, and likewise oil made from the wal
            nut, and a pot of honey. The latter they had not
            seen before, nor did they ever again meet with it
            during their wanderings.

        The question I got was which kind of honey did they offer the soldiers? This is before the European honey bee was brought over to the Americas. There were no stingless bees at this time in Georgia as far as I know, the honey wasps are not reported from Georgia, and lastly, could this just be some mapple syrup or would there be other sources of honey in Georgia?




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