Growing Tobacco on West Indies

This 1686 woodcut print shows tobacco cultivation on a French plantation in the West Indies using slave labour. Tobacco was thought to provide the most profitable crop in the Caribbean in an attempt to replicate the success of the Virginia colony. However, sugar cane soon replaced it as the major crop of the region due to the profit that could be made from a crop that could not grow easily outside of the tropics.

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by Stephen Luscombe