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Transcript of Tobacco production
In 1775, Great Britain and the colonies operated an economic system called mercantilism. The colonies would send raw goods to Great Britain. Tobacco was one of the most important raw goods.
Tobacco prices and slave labor
Tobacco as a cash crop
Before the war started, tobacco was the most valuable cash crop in America, more than 25 percent of all exports. By 1775, there were about 70,000 barrels in a year shipped to Great Britain. Each worker could produce 1,000 pounds of tobacco each year.
In colonial times, people from West Africa were captured and shipped to Virginia and other colonies to work as slaves. They worked on plantations where tobacco was the cash crop. They worked from sunrise to sunset in the fields. Some worked inside their owners' house.
Many of the 2 million people living in the colonies were farmers. Most farmers had only 200 acres. Farmers would use tobacco as a cash crop to earn money for the manufactured items they needed.
The process of raising tobacco
Raising tobacco takes almost a year. Farmers create seed beds and plant the seeds as early as January. The plants are taken to a large field, where tobacco worms were removed. The plants are harvested as early as the end of August. The plant is then taken to a shed to be cured for 6-8 weeks. Once it dries it is inspected. Then the tobacco is sold, and the farmer gets a receipt showing the quantity.
Back in time to 1775: Tobacco productions. By: Anthony Hennawi
Our stop is here in 2016.
In the next part of our time traveling adventure, we will learn about how tobacco was a cash crop and what slaves' jobs were on the plantation.
Special thanks to google images
Thanks for traveling in time with me!
Away we go!