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Re: Maize origins [was re: "Corn" in medieval Europe]

[cross-posts reduced]

Hu McCulloch (hmccullo@ecolan.sbs.ohio-state.edu) wrote:


: If "Indian corn" is a  grain the English colonists got from the 
: (American) Indians, then "Turkish corn" (or Turkish grain), ie maize,
: was most likely obtained by the Italians, not from Spain or Portugal
: in the West, but from Turkey in the East.  I haven't read Jeffreys for
: some time, but as I recall, he makes this point.  I think he says there
: are other European languages (Polish?) that call maize "Turkish grain."

Well, actually, Hu, maize was known as "Turkish grain" in, I believe, most
European languages from early on. Certainly in Spanish. Jeffreys gives a
list of such names in his article that you've given the reference for. 

: Does anyone on soc.hist.med know when granturco was first mentioned
: in Italian?  


Thanks for posting this good analysis of some of the weaknesses in the 
arguments of Johannessen's critics.



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