The Roanoke Astronomer

#OTD On this Day in 1586, Sir Thomas Herriot introduced Colombian potatoes to England.

Over fifty years earlier, the Spanish had been the first to discover potatoes - but Herriot's potatoes were the first to reach England.
Harriot had spent time in Sir Walter Raleigh’s English colony on Roanoke Island in modern-day North Carolina. There, he studied not only wildlife but also potatoes from Columbia.
Herriot was also an astronomer. In July of 1609, he created a drawing of the moon through a telescope over four months before Galileo.

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Sir Thomas Herriot
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