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Gene Monahan

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Transcript of Tobacco

Tobacco in Early Virginia
Growing Tobacco
Many states in early America grew tobacco. The crop was exported all around the world, including many countries in Europe.
Growing tobacco was hard, as it required many months of growing. Many slaves grew tobacco; each slave could produce up to 1,000 pounds of tobacco each year. Slaves worked from sunrise to sunset to produce tobacco.
Exporting Tobacco
Tobacco was exported all around the world, and was a cash crop for most of the southern colonies. Many farmers grew it and it helped them get money. Tobacco was exported in big balers called hogsheads. Each hogshead could hold around 1,000 to 1,200 pounds of tobacco.
Getting tobacco ready to export
The tobacco needs to be dried before use or exporting. Slaves had to inspect tobacco before putting them into hogsheads. Then slaves then had to do the heavy work of bringing them to ships that will export the tobacco.
By Alex Peterson
thank you google images for pictures and Wikipedia for research!
Virginia was one of the most successful colonies to grow tobacco, and used it for currency for a long while. By 1620 40,000 of tobacco were shipped to England. It was also one of the first Southern colonies to have enslaved people to work on their farms. Tobacco was used form religious reasons and everyday activates
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