Banks, Cannabis and Colonisation
by Dr John Jiggens .
Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval strategy between 1776 and 1815, a period when Britain lost its first empire in the US and began a second empire, centred on the Pacific.
(This was also explored and researched by me, the subject formed the core historical reference that begins the story told as "The Potted History of New Zealand" delivered .to various Rotory's and civic groups in New Zealand. Jiggens is a muc deeper and thorough historical narrative. /Blair)
Jiggens argues that New South Wales was intended as a replacement hemp colony for the US. The convicts were a cover story. ‘The Father of Australia’ Sir Joseph Banks was a cannabis zealot, who, together with his protégé Governor Philip King, was responsible for the cultivation of tens of acres of cannabis on the banks of the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers in the 1800s.
|English: Joseph Banks (1743-1820) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Canterbury/Christchurch City Library has been requested to obtain a copy of Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp. (Banks Peninsula?)
John attended the Nimbin MardiGrass last year promoting his book.
Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com