that there are plans to open a coffee shop in a nearby park. and that in the same park, dogs supposedly like eating the excrements of junkies to get high - but i am not sure if the latter is true, as the article i read that in was kind of weird.
Well, I didn't learn this today, but, last week while in NY.
I purchased a book on local history for my brother. (I also procured one for myself). It's called Where My Grandfather Lived. It gives a history of the village/hamlet where I grew up. In it I found out that my father's family, my paternal grandparents were the very first Polish potato farmers there. The earliest were the early settlers off the Mayflower, then the Irish. ( I am not sure if the Native Americans farmed potatoes or not.)
Casi -- potatoes come from the Andes,so I doubt N American Natives farmed them.
I have been spending a lot of computer time doing genealogy research these days too -- many Polish archives have been put online, although there are often gaps in information I want. But I have managed to fill in a lot of information and names.
Along these same lines, the hamlet where my father's family migrated to in NY is called Sagaponack,which is Native American and means" land where the wild nuts grow" (my family was pretty nutty ). Anyway, I suspect that the reference is to potatoes.
Another thing I learned when I met with my mother's 94 year old sister was that my maternal grandfather came to the U.S. in 1900 from Suwalki which at that time was in East Prussia or Russia. The borders changed so many times. At one point it was part of Lithuania, then became Poland.
Bixa -- much of the online documentation for Poland is being done by volunteers, so there are quite a few gaps. And the Mormons have also scanned some stuff. I have found a few documents, but they are handwritten, of course, with various curlicues and old-fashioned words. I am beginning to make some of them out, but not all. And since much of the country where my families lived (on both sides) was under Russian partition until 1918, around 1860 documents started being written in Russian, making things more complicated. But I also discovered a second cousin with whom I am in contact since the beginning of December. He has made a really complete webpage so I learned a lot from him.
Casi -- I have an aunt by marriage from Suwalki. It wasn't Prussian for very long, but it was certainly under the Russians for a long time. And, as you might know, Lithuania-Poland was one kingdom for several centuries.
You can find the lists of emigrants to the US online. There is the Ellis Island Foundation, as well as other sites. A few years ago I found the trace of one of my grandmother's brothers who emigrated to the US in 1910. He left from Bremen, Germany.
Apparently sweet potatoes were available in North America:
Black walnuts and butternuts are indigenous to North America as are such native roots as wild sweet potatos ("man-root" or "man-o-the-woods"), arrowroot, greenbriar (also known popularly as "smilax," and "coontie" by the area's Native Americans), and cattails.
The potato was my first thought as well. Then I thought it might have been disqualified as a "starch", so my next guesses were green beans and cabbage.
Do you suppose with the North African influence in France, tomatoes gain ground every year?
I'm stunned that Mexico trails French consumption of tomatoes by a good margin. This chart has some very surprising figures. I can only assume that some of the heavyweight tomato consumption countries must be processing & exporting tomato products. Either that, or they don't eat anything else.
Wow, some of those countries seem to eat nothing but tomatoes -- Armenia, Greece, Turkey! And Thailand is also surprising for its extremely low consumption. But I admit that I have only seen a small symbolic slice of tomato in most Thai salads and in no other dishes...
Probably the use of tomatoes in sauces is what's throwing us off.
I have heard her disease was syphilis. but have never been able to verify this. She did a huge amount of lobbying and political work from her bed, however some saw it as a ploy to keep the people on side with while she made her reforms.
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