Discovery of the Silver Mines of Potosi. (From Bucke's Beauties of Nature)
Discovery, Serendipity, Astronomy
Describes several discoveries in which trees were involved: 'From observing a tree, Hipparchus discovered the parallax [of] the planets [...]. And a savage of America, was induced to entertain a wider notion of the powers of a Deity, and to believe in his omnipotence, from reflecting, that no one could imagine from its external structure, that an oak sprung from an acorn. To the circumstance of a shrub being torn up by its roots, were the Spaniards indebted for the discovery of the mines of Potosi' (279).
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