“The best opportunity for industrial profit which 18th century America afforded."
"I am positive that the Commodity can't be produced by white people. Because the work is too laborious, the heat very intent, and the whites can't work in the wett at that season as Negrs do to week rice"
"a choice cargo of Windward and Gold Coast Negroes, who have been accustomed to the planting of rice"
African slaves suited to provide labor force rice was grown in some areas of Africa and there was evidence that some slaves were familiar with the methods of cultivation practiced there it was thought that the slaves, by virtue of their racial characteristics, were better able than white laborers to withstand the extreme heat and humidity of the tidal swamps and therefore would be more productive workers