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Tag Archives: Asia

Ink, Silk, and Gold: The Great Empires



From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Islamic world was ruled by three great empires. Though these empires experienced times of conflict, they were continually engaged in mercantile and diplomatic interactions with one another.

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What’s Blooming? Azaleas!



The Azalea, originally called Indica azalea, was first found in Japan when Asia was still the East Indies. Now azaleas not only pepper Asia and Europe, but they are also used in extraordinary quantity in the southeastern United States.

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What’s Blooming? Gloriosa Lily!



The Gloriosa Lily, also known as the flame lily, fire lily, or glory lily, is from the plant family of Colchicacea, and originates from…

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