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Extract from a 1752 report on growing silk in the North American colony of Georgia
(Catalogue ref: T 1/348/126)
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Catalogue ref: T 1/348/126; report on growing silk in Georgia, 1752
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in North America. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • What is this report about?
  • Does it strike you as strange that leading government officials and possibly even the king might be reading a report on silkworms and mulberry trees?
  • One thousand pounds was a huge amount of money in 1752. What does this suggest about the importance of the silk trade?
  • Does this source provide any clues about the reasons why the British were in North America?
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