The founding Mughal emperor, Babur, was the first to record his memoirs detailing the many events that took place and the things he saw around him.

Moving from the area of present-day Kabul in Afghanistan into the more lush and verdant surroundings of the Indian plains, Babur was intrigued by plants and animals he had never seen before.

This image depicts mango trees and some peacocks. Babur wrote, “When the mango is good it is really good…The unripe mango serves as a condiment for meals, and preserves made from it are excellent. The tree is elegantly tall, but the trunk of the tree is ugly and ill-shaped.”

 

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