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April 9, 2015

BeeGum

Prior to the industrial revolution, beehives were simple structures. Some were bee gums like the one pictured, a hollow tree stump that housed a colony.

When were the first European bee colonies introduced to North America?

The first known European bees in what is now the continental United States were in the Jamestown Colony, circa 1628.

Earlier, by 1622, the Spanish had introduced bee colonies in parts of the Caribbean.

There is evidence of honey and beeswax being sold in St. Augustine in 1565. No proof exists that it was produced there, however.

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