When did the tulip appear in Europe?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The traditional answer to this question was that the tulip came to Europe from the Ottoman Empire.  People believed that this happenned in the 16th Century.

However, a scientific study released earlier this year shows that this story is not true.  Instead, it shows that tulips entered Europe in the 11th Century, five centuries earlier than people had thought.  The study also shows that the flowers did not come from the Ottoman Empire through Central Europe.  Instead, the flowers came into Europe through Spain, which was then ruled by the Muslims as Al-Andalus.

mkcapen1 | Student

According to a new study Tulips arrived in Europe during the medevil period.  They were brought into the area called al-Andalus.  Studies were conducted by the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies. The area al-Andalus was originally eastern Spain and southern Portugal.  People originally believed that the flowers were brought into Holland, but now researchers have proven different.

According to the new theory the origin of the flowers entry into Europe was during Byzantine times.  The Seljug Turks brought them into Europe  While there can never be direct proof the study of documents of botanical collections from the area of al-Andalus supports the theory.