Briefly review the first three episodes of the Joseph Banks series. Banks becomes the chief scientific advisor to the government.
Carl Linnaeus dies in 1778. Edward Smith purchases Linnaeus' collection that now resides at Burlington House. Ian Cross examines the collection, including "Species Plantarum."
Banks manages Revesby Abbey and marries a wealthy woman. He becomes a baronet and president of The Royal Society; Banks shares his personal collection at Soho Square. Daniel Solander dies in 1786 and Banks fails to complete "Florilegium."
King George III establishes the Royal Botanical Gardens. Banks expands Kew and redistributes plants around the globe; he envisions a self-sustaining empire. The British begin growing tea in India.
Banks arranges the smuggling of merino sheep to Kew and Australia, and transports kangaroos to his estate. He suggests establishing a penal colony in Australia and sends seeds and plants with the crew.
Banks receives regular updates about the progress of plants and crops. By 1800, the area around Sydney flourishes. Banks becomes an intermediary between British government and the colonists. See a preview of the next episode.
Credits: Science and State
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This program looks at Banks’ the imperialist and globalist who fused the worlds of science and state, re-distributed the world’s crops and transformed its landscapes including that of Australia.
Length: 28 minutes
Copyright date: ©2016
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