Aimé Bonpland

French Explorer and Botanist

On this day in 1773, French explorer and botanist Aimé Bonpland was born. 

Bonpland had traveled with Alexander von Humboldt in Latin America for five years - from 1799-1804, collecting & classifying 6,000 new plants. He co-authored many books about his discoveries.
One of his journal entries says this:

"We just arrived in a town where the locals invited us to eat a dish called enchiladas. When I tried it, my tongue burned, and I started to sweat. I was told that this feeling is due to a fruit called "chili." I have to analyze it ..."

And here's a little trivia about Bonpland: When Napolean's wife Josephine died, Bonpland was present at her deathbed.

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