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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... selves little trouble in respect to their agriculture. The fig trees grow large and require little care and their fine fields of grain, as we have seen, are sown and harvested by strangers. A few patches of tobacco and cucumbers seemed to be the amount of their own tillage. We saw no fields of maize or millet (Dhurah esh-Shamy, Dhurah es-Seify) then growing.1 As we crossed a tract from which a crop of maize had been taken the preceding year, we observed new shoots sprouting from the roots of the old stalks. On inquiry, we were assured that maize is here a biennial plant, yielding a crop for two successive years from the same roots. The same effect of a warm climate is sometimes found in several other plants commonly known as annuals. Cotton is sometimes planted, and flourishes well but there was none at present. We saw patches where indigo had been raised a year or two before it was said to live for seven or eight years. Edrisi mentions the culture of it here in the twelfth century.2 Another plant which formerly was cultivated in abundance in the plains of Jericho, has also disappeared I mean the sugar cane. The historians of the crusades inform us, that the earliest crusaders found large tracts of these canes, growing on the coast of the Mediterranean around Tripolis and as far south as Tyre yielding a substance called Zuccara or Zucra (sugar) then unknown in western Europe and on whose juice the warriors often refreshed themselves under their many sufferings and privations.3 According to Jacob de Vitry the canes were also cultivated very extensively on the plains of the Jordan around Jericho where the many hermits of that region partly lived upon them, regarding the juice as the wild honey of their predecessor John the Baptist.4 From all these circumst...*Autho

    Biblical Researches in Palestine and the Adjacent Regions (Volume 1); A Journal of Travels in the Years 1838 & 1852 in Three Volumes by Robinson, Edward [Paperback]

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