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To: metmom
The Africans who were captured and sold as slaves, hid the rice in their hair and grew it when they arrived. They approached the slave owners about growing their own food

It makes for a compelling story, but I wonder whether there is actually documentary evidence to back it up, or whether it is an apocryphal tale...

12 posted on 12/20/2007 9:03:16 PM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: The Electrician

We went on a tour of the plantation and took a buggy ride past the old rice paddies. Very impressive feats of engineering as far as leveling the land and irrigation.

The story was that rice was so much a part of their culture and livelihood and that status of it was what motivated them to smuggle the rice.

It was apparently the beginning of the rice industry. Clearly, the slaves had the knowhow, and the rice had to come from somewhere. Maybe some SC FReepers know more.


16 posted on 12/20/2007 10:13:14 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: The Electrician
The Africans who were captured and sold as slaves, hid the rice in their hair and grew it when they arrived. They approached the slave owners about growing their own food

Of course it's true. You've heard of 'lice', haven't you? Africans invented that too.

Once in the colonies, slaves grew leftover rice in their own garden plots for food.

This I am impressed with. I've tried for years. Go to the store, buy some Uncle Bens, pour it in the garden next to the corn, water, sun, blah, blah, and...nothing. Maybe I should go to West Africa and hire one of these guys.

19 posted on 12/20/2007 10:55:12 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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