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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)
  • This short extract is part of a 10-page report on the silk industry in the colony of Georgia.
  • Silk was an extremely valuable product in the 18th century. Silk was difficult to produce, as it needed the right climate and conditions and skilled workers.
  • The British government was very keen for a silk industry to develop in Georgia.
  • This document was addressed to the king directly. It is possible that King George II might have actually read and taken an interest in it. It was certainly looked at by leading government ministers.
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