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... <section> <title>Securing a Permanent Colony in the Claimed Lands</title> <para>With land claimed in the New World, an expedition was mounted to establish a settlement. ...</para> ... <section> <title>Native Plants and Wildlife</title> <para>... The settlers discovered that while some roots could be eaten much in appearance as they were dug, others had to be boiled before use as a foodstuff. As more fully described below, other plants included beans, and several crops previously unknown to the Europeans: <itemizedlist> <listitem> <para>“macocqwer” (gourds),</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>“melden” (an herb),</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>“planta solis” (sunflower — used in a type of bread, as well as for broth),</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>peas (powdered in a mortar), and</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>potatoes.</para> </listitem> </itemizedlist> </para> <section> <title>Gourds</title> <para>The native people grew a variety of large broad-leafed, ground-covering vines which produced what they called “macocqwer” or gourds. (<emphasis role="ital">See</emphasis> <xref linkend="gourds"/>.) Varying in color among shades of green, yellow, and orange, these gourds served a number of functions, not chief of which was as a food source. ...</para> ... </section> ... </section> </section> ...