Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

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Chapter 6
LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY

GLOBALIZATION, 1950–2000

Nature has unlimited time in which to travel along tortuous
paths to an unknown destination. The mind of man is too
feeble to discern whence or whither the path runs and has to
be content if it can discern only portions of the track, how-
ever small.

—Karl von Frisch

Almond trees dot the California valley like Degas ballerinas. The limbs, pruned precisely so that sunlight will strike the middle of the trunks, fan out like pink tutus. The blossoms have a dusky, dusty scent so thick it is almost cloying. Almost. Little did Franciscan priest Junipero Serra know how the almond trees he brought with him to California in 1767 would affect American beekeeping. It is not by accident that the Spanish would transplant so many crops to California. The state has many of the same Mediterranean conditions that defined successful Spanish agriculture— that is, approximately fifteen to twenty inches of rain a year, dry heat, good drainage, and chilly winter temperatures. Before Father Serra died in 1784, he had established nine missions along the western branch of El

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Part One- Hiving off from Europe 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Chapter 1- Bees and New World Colonialism 19
  • Part Two- Establishing a New Colony 39
  • Chapter 2- Bees and the Revolution 41
  • Part Three- Swarming West during the Nineteenth Century 63
  • Chapter 3- Before Bee Space 1801–1860 65
  • Chapter 4- After Bee Space 1860–1900 101
  • Part Four- Requeening a Global Hive 143
  • Chapter 5- Early Twentieth Century Industrialization, 1901–1949 145
  • Chapter 6- Late Twentieth Century - Globalization, 1950–2000 199
  • Epilogue 251
  • Notes 263
  • Glossary 293
  • Dramatis Personae 297
  • Bibliography 301
  • Permissions 317
  • Index 319
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