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History of Cotton

Cotton is a very important fiber that we use every day and sometimes we don’t even realize it, that is the reason I chose to do research on this fiber. I myself have not much knowledge of cotton and the many uses of it, such a shame since I am a native Texan. But I do know cotton is a major contribution to the U.S and has been for many years. And when I think of the south and the state of Texas I think of cotton and the industrial revolution. I will be informing you on three key points: how cotton originated, where you see this fiber now and how it has evolved, and lastly some facts on this fiber. The use of cotton traces back many years at least 7,000 years ago and evidence of cotton has been discovered in many different places around the world. Therefore the origin of cotton is not known exactly because it is different everywhere with different times of discovery. However it has been stated that the earliest fragments of discovery for cotton dates back to 5000 BC, according to cotton.org it originated in “Sand dunes on the north coast of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.” Since the prehistoric times cotton has been spun woven and dyed, the people of Egypt, china, and ancient India used this fiber to make clothes. Cotton today is seen just about everywhere, it is the most used natural fiber in clothing present day. In the US cotton production was small and began during the 1700s that later changed with the invention of the cotton gin that went on to expanded the production. And by the 1830s the US produced the majority of the world’s cotton. One of the major contributing factors for the evolution of cotton was the use of the cotton gin. With the invention of the cotton gin the cost of production lowered which led to its widespread use. This invention also led to more manufacturing processes, the employment of slaved…...

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