SW10: Psychovant Teaches American History #13: Sugar, Tar, and Fish
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Fri Jan 24 09:09:57 PST 2020
On 1/14/2020 9:56 PM, Scott Eiler wrote:
> Psychovant the Duck here, with your weekly lesson... What all came from the New
> World? Other than precious metals and (heh) beaver fur, sugar was the big
> thing. The mainland didn't figure in that; the Caribbean islands did. Europe
> had basically no sugar before that.
Technically, sugar had been around in Europe since the Crusades (yay, *more*
colonialism), but it was pretty rare. (And was one of the things that made
> That means (among other things) no cake.
> Royalty came to love cake. French royalty was infamous for that...
So much slavery around sugar specifically. @-@ Sigh.
> - British Royal Navy loved pine trees and tar from North Carolina. And
> tobacco from Virginia was what got England into mainland colonizing in the first
> place. Cotton didn't get big until industrialization.
Which cotton-based industrialization was one of the things that made American
slavery even worse, accelerating the path toward the Civil War.
> - Britain and France both loved fish. Parts of Spain did too. So they were
> all interested in the waters around Newfoundland. France still owns a small
> island there! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_fishing#Cod_trade
Oh, neat! :> That I really didn't know.
Drew "more facts!!" Nilium
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