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Specimens from Sloane's voyage to Jamaica

Hans Sloane was a seventeenth-century doctor and collector. He amassed a vast amount of material that eventually formed the basis of the British Museum. In 1881, Sloane's botanical collections were transferred to the newly established Natural History Museum.

A biography of Sloane can be found here: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/hans-sloane-physician-collector-botanist.html

In 1687, Sloane went to Jamaica as the personal physician of the Duke of Albemarle, the newly appointed governor of the island. The first seven volumes of Sloane's Herbarium contain the specimens collected during his voyage to Jamaica (1687-1689). They are the first plant specimens to be brought back to England from the region. The specimens were used in preparing the illustrations and text for his 'Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers, and Jamaica'.

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Cite this as

Charles E Jarvis (2016). Specimens from Sloane's voyage to Jamaica [Data set]. Natural History Museum. https://doi.org/10.5519/0081520
Retrieved: 03:48 24 Mar 2023 (UTC) BibTeX

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Jarvis, Charles E
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Last updated July 28, 2020
Last resource update July 28, 2020 (Sloane Herbarium)
Created November 14, 2016
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