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American husbandry. Containing an account of the soil, climate, production and agriculture, of the British Colonies in North-America and the West-Indies; with observations on the advantages and disadvantages of settling in them, compared with Great Britain and Ireland. By an American
J. Bew, London 1775 - [4], 472; [4], 319, [1], [16]pp. Half-titles. Contemporary calf First edition: an important description of American agriculture published on the eve of the American Revolution. This interesting work is sometimes attributed to Arthur Young, an important writer of agricultural books, and the style and subject matter coincide with another work by him about America. Written on the eve of the Revolution, this work suggests that the ready availability of land would keep colonists happy and loyal to Great Britain. The book includes discussions of agriculture in Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New England, Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio. Tobacco growing is discussed, as is corn, buckwheat, rice, indigo, hemp, silk, and other products. The section on Louisiana is relatively favorable, with descriptions borrowed from Du Pratz. Includes an extensive section on Florida (second volume, page 42-61), describing it variously as "wretched," "to be condemned," "barren," "sandy," etc. On the whole the work tends to discourage emigration to America, pointing out all the deficiencies of American farming, disadvantages to the potential emigrant, etc. The author is most positive about the West Indies though, describing the Bahamas, Barbados, and other islands in glowing terms. Scarce. Howes Y16; Sabin 106062; Bell A171; Servies 518. [Attributes: First Edition]
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