What’s this?

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What’s this?  We all use it!  These clues might help:

  • It was part of Edison’s first light bulb
  • It inspired amazing inventions during the 1700s
  • Over 600,000 people died in a war sparked, in part, by this
  • Weevils love to munch on its buds and flowers

Still not sure?

It’s cotton!  The shrubby plant grows puffy white flowers called bolls. The fibers are woven into a practical fabric favored for so many things from t-shirts to tablecloths. Demand for it was so high in the 1700 and 1800s, the workforce included young children in England and African slaves in the US.

My new book, 10 Plants That Shook the World (Annick Press) has just been released.  You can learn more about cotton, as well as other neat plants. Check it out at your local bookstore!

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