Hot Chocolate and the Pirate
From a article in Atlas Obscura –
A Pirate Botanist Helped Bring Hot Chocolate to England
William Hughes was a buccaneer with an early recipe for “the American Nectar.”
“. . . If you had met him the year his famous book was published, you might have mistaken William Hughes for a mild-mannered gardener. By that time, he had settled into his role at the country estate of the Viscountess Conway, a noblewoman and philosopher, and had published a book on grapevines. But the old man was more than a tottering plant enthusiast. When his treatise on New World botany, The American Physitian, dropped in 1672, its contents revealed a swashbuckling history. . .”
Complete article here.