Barbadoes Cotton

The original name of American cotton, which was first introduced into America from the islands of the Barbadoes group. It grows freely in the West Indies, and gives a long staple fibre, is silky, fair colour and fine quality. The botanical name is Gossypium Barbadense and Sea Islands, Egyptian and Peruvian cottons are of the same class. The plant was originally from 6 to 8 feet in height, but owing to variation in the conditions of its cultivation its height is now 3 to 4 feet.

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