The Role Of Tobacco During The American Revolution

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At the beginning of the 18th century tobacco was the main cash crop for southerners, however by the end of this century tobacco prices were beginning to decline, resulting in more debts for the south. The invention of Cotton Gin will not only help the south recover from the losses of tobacco and switch to another successful cash crop, but also set the south on the path of the industrialized mass production. On a boat to South Carolina Eli Whitney met the widow of Nathaniel Greene a famous general in the American Revolution and was invited to come to her house. While residing there he learned about the problems associated with the production of cotton. Growing cotton was not the first choice for southerners
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