July 9, 2012
Amerigo Vespucci was a pickle merchant who helped stock vitamin C-rich pickles on the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Pickles were known to prevent scurvy outbreaks. Vespucci later became an explorer.
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I blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday about the intersection of history and science. My favorite topics are the history of sanitation, funky fashions, and insects.