The Reverend Griffith Hughes (1707-c.1758), was a Welsh naturalist and author. In 1750 he published The Natural History of Barbados, a ten-volume account of the island. It is notable for its great details, and its inclusion of the first description of the grapefruit, which Hughes refers to as "The Forbidden Fruit."

The Reverend Griffith Hughes (1707-c.1758), was a Welsh naturalist and author. In 1750 he published The Natural History of Barbados, a ten-volume account of the island. It is notable for its great details, and its inclusion of the first description of the grapefruit, which Hughes refers to as "The Forbidden Fruit." This work began in 1736 when Rev. Hughes was appointed the rector of St. Lucy's Church of Barbados, and his prolonged stay, until 1748, gave him the opportunity to carry out the in-depth research of the island. The resulting work was well received, and even earned praise from renowned Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. Along with a wealth of information, this book also provides a number of engravings of the flora and fauna of the island. In our archive, The Natural History of Barbados is divided into two parts, this is part I of II.

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