AN EARLY MODERN MYSTERY
Cardim wrote his now-famous “Treatise on the Land and People of Brazil,” in the late 1500s. His epistolary catalog of the “New World” included recipes for natural medicines gleaned from indigenous healers and spiritual leaders. In 1601, Pirate Frances Cooke ransacked Cardim’s ship and stole his writings.
This documentary series is the search for Cardim's lost medicinal recipes, a deep dive into archival documents, historical gastronomy, and the power structures that shaped present-day Brazil, Portugal, Spain and England.