Iceland has largest banana plantation in Europe. They use geothermal energy to heat greenhouses, allowing for the production of tropical fruits like banananas. icelandmag.is/article/doe…
South Carolina has the only tea plantation in North America charleston.com/businesses…
In 1883 there was a meteor shower in Tennessee so massive that plantation owners thought it was the end times and started apologizing to their slaves while "tellin’ some of the slaves who their mothers and fathers was, and who they’d been sold to and where." irishtimes.com/culture/th…
For the first forty years after the abolition of the empire and the institution of a republic in 1889, Brazil was dominated by "coffee with milk politics", referring to the inordinate political power of coffee plantation owners and dairy interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Martha Washington lived in "The White House", a plantation owned by her first husband, John Custis. The actual White House was finished and first occupied by President John Adams, and was first actually called the "White House" by Teddy Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
There is a Southern version of Punxsutawney Phil. On Groundhog Day, General Beauregard Lee emerges from his Georgia plantation and predicts whether the Southern states will have six more weeks of winter. history.com/news/beyond-p…
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of Alexander Turner, a slave who escaped from his plantation at the start of the Civil War. He joined the Union Army and guided his regiment to his old plantation in Virginia, where he killed his former overseer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Robert Burns begged a local printing house to publish his collection of poems so he didn't need to sail to Jamaica and become a bookkeeper for the slaves on a sugar plantation scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
A zookeeper secretly grew a cannabis plantation inside the rhino enclosure at an Austrian zoo for years. He was the only one who had access to the enclosure and police made the discovery after a tip from a drug user. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Stephen Foster, the greatest American songwriter to his time, was certainly an alcoholic, probably depressive, and very likely autistic. He had tried to go β€œrespectable,” and it had failed; people wanted his plantation songs mnheritagesongbook.net/th…
Today I learned about Winston County, Alabama, which during the American Civil War attempted to cede from the Confederacy and become a free republic, as the lack of any plantations and resulting rarity of slaveholders in the region gave the locals little reason to sympathize with the rebel cause en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
That, once the Civil War began, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's plantation outside Washington DC was repurposed by the Lincoln administration to house a camp for escaped slaves. It contained a school, hospital, and cemetery, and it is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
The war in Malaysia in the early fifties was known as The Malayan Emergency so that plantation owners could claim insurance for any damages as their policies did not cover civil war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
When during WWII the Japanese seized control of plantations amounting to more than 90% of rubber production, the US issued a nationwide driving maximum "Victory Speed" of 35mph to conserve rubber. The industrial synthetic rubber was eventually developed. ameshistory.org/content/w…
Henry Ford bought an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Connecticut to build 'Fordlandia', the greatest rubber plantation known to man, where alcohol, women and football were banned. It produced almost no rubber, immediately descended into rioting and disease, and was abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Rober E Lee inherited his Father-in-law's plantation and instead of emancipating the enslaved people as instructed by the will; decided to run the plantation himself splitting families and being so cruel it led to a slave revolt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Robert E. Lee owned a plantation across the river from Washington DC until the start of the civil war. The Lees abandoned the home and the Union army occupied their land, ultimately burying Union war dead there to spite Lee for his treason. It is now Arlington National Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
The creators of Shrek took mud showers to study β€œfluid dynamic simulation” for the movie. The art director also took a trip to a magnolia plantation to learn how to properly render Shrek’s swamp. He was chased by an alligator. seattleweekly.com/film/sh…
Today I learned of the Hawaii Democratic Revolution of 1954, where members of the 442nd Regiment, the Democratic Party of Hawaii, CPUSA of Hawaii, IWLU and Plantation Unions worked together for better labor rights, to end the Republican dominance of the territory and the Big Five Oligopoly of the State en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Today I learned of Redoshi, a woman believed to have been the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. She was captured in 1860 in West Africa at age 12 and worked on a plantation in Alabama. She died in 1937 and lived long enough to become acquainted with people active in the civil rights movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
South America's only existing monarchy is in Bolivia. In the 1830s, enslaved men on a plantation realised Prince Uchicho - a noble from the Kingdom of Kongo, Africa - laboured amongst them. They crowned him King and, reognised by the state, his descendents preside over the same region today. english.elpais.com/elpais…
During the US Civil War, General Sherman implemented the scorched earth policy by having his men pile all deed books in front of the courthouse and burn them. The logic was that the big plantations would not be able to prove land ownership. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Over a century before independence was declared, on the 6th of June 1671 John Evelyn, councillor of the Foreign Plantations for Charles II, regarded New England "a people almost upon the very brink of renouncing any dependence on the Crown" gutenberg.org/files/42081…
Late Malaysian billionaire Lee Shin Cheng applied for a job at Dunlop Estates, an English plantation company, in the 60s but was rejected for his poor English. 20 years later, he bought Dunlop Estates. thestar.com.my/news/natio…
The revenues derived from convict leasing (the system of state governments leasing prisoner labor to private parties, such as plantation owners etc) accounted for 73 percent of total state revenues in Alabama in 1898. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Before 1748 potatoes were considered hogs feed by French and the French Parlement banned cultivations as they thought potato plantations causes of leprosy. Antoine Parmentier a pharmacist changed all that through research and pioneering for potatoes to be accepted. geriwalton.com/man-who-ma…
A Scottish botanist broke China's monopoly on tea in the 1840's by disguising himself as a Chinese noble "from beyond the Great Wall", and requesting tours of tea plantations, where he learned the secrets of tea production scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
China has planted over 500 thousand square kilometers of forest since 1978 to combat the expansion of the Gobi Desert making it the largest forest plantation in the world. It’s expected to reach 4,500 km by 2050 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
On 1838, in order to pay off debts of Georgetown College, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 slaves from their plantations. The buyers were Louisiana sugarcane planters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
Today I learned of Operation Dawn Raid, where Malaysia acquired Guthrie on 7 September 1981, the oldest and 2nd largest plantation company on London Stock Exchange by surprise. cilisos.my/the-greatest-h…
The price of vanilla has hit a record high of $600 (Β£445) per kilogram for the second time since 2017 when a cyclone damaged many of the plantations in Madagascar, where three quarters of the world’s vanilla is grown. Silver by comparison currently costs $538/kg. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
Louisiana State Penitentiary was founded as a slave plantation, and is still run as a prison farm to this day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about Mary Thomas, a leader during the Fireburn riots of 1878 on the island of St Croix where plantations were burned in protest of oppresive working conditions enforced by Danish colonial rulers. A statue of Mary has been erected in Copenhagen, the city's 1st public statue of a black woman. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The phrase describing betrayal - Being sold down the river - originated from the slave trade. Where one would literally be sold to a plantation owner down the river, what was seen as a death sentence. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Today I learned about the redlegs of Barbados, Irish rebels captured and sent to the island as tobacco plantation slaves in the 1600s. Their descendants can still be found on the island, where many suffer from generational poverty and genetic illness. irishamerica.com/2015/10/…
Lanai was once the largest pineapple plantation in the United States. In 1961 Castle & Cooke, Inc., after merging with Dole, took over the management of Lanai and, with 98 percent ownership of the island, established luxury resorts, golf courses, and residences britannica.com/place/Lana…
Nintendo released a game called Time Twist for their Famicom system in 1991. In an unusual departure from most Nintendo games, it includes levels set during a 15th-century witch hunt, on a slave plantation during the American Civil War, and in a Nazi concentration camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The official name of Rhode Island is "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" ri.gov/facts/history.php
After a tornado in 1998, 1000+ trees were toppled at The Hermitage, a plantation built by President Andrew Jackson. Using wood from the fallen trees, the Gibson Guitar Corporation produced 200 limited edition "Old Hickory" guitars. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
Harriet Tubman carried a gun with her on the Underground Railroad. If a runaway slave threatened to give up and go back to the plantation, she would point the gun at him and threaten to shoot him dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The phrase "Siamese Twins" comes from an actual conjoined set of twins from Siam. They became American citizens, purchased a plantation, owned slaves, and had 22 children combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When the slaves were freed from the USA, some went back to Africa and promptly enslaved the native africans based on the plantation methods they learnt in the states. youtu.be/OMwI5unlK9M?t=1m…
Rhode Island's official name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations making it the longest name of any US state infoplease.com/us/states/…
The actual official name of Rhode Island is "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" making it the longest name out of any state. ri.gov/facts/history.php
A man named Sylvester Magee claimed to be the last living former American slave. He said he was born on May 29, 1841, and ran away from a plantation in Mississippi in 1863 to fight for the Union Army. If true, he would have be 130 years old at the time of his death on October 15, 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
The largest plant maze is at the Dole pineapple plantation, with almost 2-1/2 miles of possible paths. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
The Nazis' post war plans for the USSR consisted of killing over 100 million "racially inferior Slavs" by extermination through labor, starvation, and deportation while enslaving the remaining survivors as illiterate serfs on German plantations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned about John Edmonstone, an ex-slave born on a plantation in Guiana who taught Charles Darwin taxidermy in Scotland. Darwin used taxidermy to preserve different specimens of finches he found on Galapagos, discovering 12 distinct species and used them as an example in his theory of evolution. history.co.uk/article/joh…

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