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Unquestionably, enslaved Africans and African Americans provided most of the labor involved in agricultural production in the American South prior to the Civil War. This labor accounted for almost all of the South’s sugar and rice production, three fourths of its cotton production, and over half of its tobacco production. However, what is too often overlooked is the fact that enslaved Africans brought with them a wealth of knowledge based on their mastery of agricultural technology, production practices, and culinary skills, as well as of medicinal and other uses for plants.

Ancient Egyptian Agriculture

African agricultural technology has ancient roots. Agriculture enabled the development of Nile Valley civilization, and its importance is depicted in much of the ancient art that has been preserved. ...

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