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History of 6th July- The Botanical Garden

History of 6th July- The Botanical Garden

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This article discusses the history of 6th July, mentioning notable battles and events that occurred on this day throughout history. The focus then shifts to a positive aspect of British Raj, highlighting the establishment of the Indian Botanical Garden Shibpur (also known as the Royal Botanic Garden Calcutta).

As I read the history of 6th July I see that the first recorded history goes back to the year 1016 when the Battle of Pontlevoy was fought. This battle is considered to be the largest battle of early Medieval France. Many many more battles which were fought on this day like the battle of Ménfő in the year 1044, the battle at La Marfee Sedan in the year 1641 etc. I also see that the history of 6th July has seen the signing of the famous treaty of Edinburg between England and Scotland in the year 1560. This was also the day when the US adopted dollars as the official currency in the year 1785. Out of all these events the one which I decided to share with you in detail occurred just 2 years after the US adoption of dollars. My story from the history of 6th July.

The Indian Botanical Garden Shibpur

Out of the several negative experiences we had some positive ones as well during the British Raj. One of them was the Indian Botanical Garden Shibpur which was established on this day in the year 1787. This event marked a crucial milestone in the field of botanical research and conservation, and the garden has since become a prominent center for the study of plants and their diverse species.

850's photograph of the Indian otanical Garden, Shibpur, Calcutta
850’s photograph of the Indian otanical Garden, Shibpur, Calcutta

The Indian Botanical Garden was previously known as Royal Botanic Garden Calcutta and is now known as Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden. It was established under the leadership of Colonel Robert Kyd, a British army officer and botanist. The garden was designed with the primary objective of collecting, preserving, and studying various plant species, especially those native to the Indian subcontinent.

Located on the western bank of the Hooghly River, the Indian Botanical Garden covers a vast area of over 270 acres (110 hectares). Its strategic location provides an ideal environment for the cultivation and growth of an extensive range of plants.

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One of the notable features of the Indian Botanical Garden is the Great Banyan Tree, which is considered the largest known banyan tree in the world. This magnificent tree covers a massive area, with its branches extending and rooting themselves into the ground, creating a complex network of interconnected trunks. The Great Banyan Tree has become an iconic symbol of the garden and attracts visitors from far and wide.

This garden is a hub for scientists, botanists, and researchers from around the globe, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the preservation of plant species. The garden’s extensive collection includes rare and endangered plants, making it a valuable resource for conservation efforts.

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