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Diplomacy Classroom: U.S. Minister Poinsett, The First Diplomat to Mexico
December 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
What does the poinsettia have to do with diplomacy?
The first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, botanist, and South Carolina Congressman, Joel Roberts Poinsett, introduced the flower to the U.S. Poinsett visited the countryside of Taxco, Mexico where he became enchanted by the plant’s red leaves and later sent it to his South Carolina greenhouse.
After his death in 1851, the plant became known as the poinsettia in his honor. Thanks to this diplomat, the Poinsettia is famous around the world.
In this Diplomacy Classroom, discover the story of U.S. Minister Joel Roberts Poinsett. Minister Poinsett was the first diplomat to represent the United States after Mexico‘s independence.
Watch our short video on the history of this diplomat who is the namesake of the Poinsettia plant.