Tropical Crops: The Origins of The Cassava

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Linguistic Evidence
Cassava has widely been accepted to have origin in the Eastern Peru and West central Brazil.
Figure Brown and his colleagues, to determine when and where manioc became important to several prehistoric Native American groups, performed Paleobiolinguistic (Brown 2013). Several major proto-languages were complied for two major regions in Central America and South America. The manioc–term was examined for each proto-language and dates were determined with through computational approach on the subject similarities of the languages. The geographic locations for the proto-languages was determined through and algorithm. Brown and his colleagues concluded that manioc was distributed through the New World from its Southwestern Amazon origin (Brown 2013).

Botanical Evidence

Cassava has widely been considered to be the least understood of all the major tropical crops (Allem 1994). 1n 1982, a growth of wild Manihot was observed in the Brazilian state of Goiás, which closely resembled M. esculenta in morphology and led to the conclusion that cassava grew in the wild (Hillo...

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