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What crops were brought by British to America?

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Asked by I.Helen, Last updated: Feb 11, 2020

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C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered Nov 12, 2018

When trading began between America, Africa and Great Britain, it became known as the Columbian Exchange. During this time, America became the new-found land. There were crops grown there that had not been grown or could not have been grown anywhere else. Now, British and others in Europe and Asia had access to food that they had never heard of before.

The British brought cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, cantaloupe, barley, basil, black eyed peas, carrots, coffee, cucumbers, flax, garlic, ginger, okra, oregano, onions and mangos, to name a few. There were hundreds of crops that the British brought over to America. Unfortunately, the worst was probably disease that was brought over. The most life-changing for the worst also was probably sugarcane.

 

I. Woods

I. Woods

Answered Jun 20, 2018

When the British began their colonization of North American continent, they opened their civilizations along the Eastern coast of their territory. These early civilizations became known as the thirteen colonies. The thirteen colonies were divided into three regions. They were The New England colonies, the Middle colonies, and the Southern colonies. These colonies produced the most corn and wheat crops during the time of early colonization.

The abundance of crops earned the Middle colonies the nickname, "the breadbasket colonies." Sugar trade was also so profitable that it has been touted in playing a pivotal role in helping America achieve independence from Great Britain. The importance of the sugar-rich colonies had an enormous impact on America's import and export business.

 

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