Thomas Hickling


Thomas Hickling
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, The Azores, Portugal

He came from America to pioneer the trade in oranges between the Azores islands and mainland Europe in the 1770s. Still, the vast riches amassed by Thomas Hickling couldn’t save him from heartache. His wife Emily died in 1778. But the orange-magnate wasn’t forever blue. A shipwreck washed a young woman called Sara Falder onto a nearby beach. Thomas and Sara fell in love, married, had 14 chidlren and lived in a house that is now a hotel with its own botanical garden and its own bust of Thomas.

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