Join writer and director Steve DeGroodt for a Q & A and viewing of his documentary film set in the Florida Keys.
Dr. Henry Perrine, American Botanist & Plant Explorer, was first recognized for his research with Quinine as a medicinal cure for malaria. Later as U.S. Consul to Yucatan (1830s) he introduced many beneficial tropical plants to the Florida Keys from Mexico and the Caribbean. When Congress awarded him a land grant in 1838, he established the first agricultural enterprise in the Keys in the sparsely populated Territory of Florida. His horticultural experiment would partially succeed until Dr Perrine‘s untimely death in an Indian attack during the Second Seminole War. The Key lime, mango, avocado and varieties of the agave sisal are his legacy. What first began as his vision for agricultural development in Florida would become part of that state’s history.
COLOR / ENGLISH / CC / NOT RATED / 31 min.