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Tobacco In The Southern Colonies By Jason Prem
Transcript of Tobacco In The Southern Colonies By Jason Prem
Most farm owned slaves that did all there work for no money and were treated very badly. They got whipped if they did something wrong and they worked from sunrise to sunset and lived in terrible houses.
The price of tobacco
In around the 1700s tobacco was the most valuable thing in North America. Before the Revolution tobacco cost up to 1.5 to 2.5 cents per pound.
Most farmers who grew tobacco owned 200 acres of land. They had a house to sleep in a separate one for cooking also a barn for tobacco.
Merchants got tobacco from the farmers then traded it to Great Britten for cloth and metal.
Tobacco is a cash crop
In 1775 most farmers in the southern colonies grew tobacco to trade for tools, clothing, and house hold goods witch they could not make.
Tobacco In The Southern Colonies
By Jason Prem
It takes about a year to grow tobacco. They first put the seeds in a seed bed in the month of January. In late August or early September the tobacco was harvested. The whole plant was cut down and then then wilted the leaves and hung and cured them in a barn for 6-8 weeks.
In 1775 Virginia produced 70% of the tobacco in North America. The average amount of tobacco was 70,000 barrels per year.