8 A cash crop isany crop that is grown for sale rather than for personal food or for feeding to livestock
9 There were no banks in colonial Virginia There were no banks in colonial Virginia. Tobacco was often used in place of money.=
10 Tobacco would be used to barter or trade for needed supplies.
11 Tobacco was called a "13 month" crop Tobacco was called a "13 month" crop. Seedbeds were planted beginning in January and seedlings were transplanted in early spring.
12 The plants required worming, weeding, topping, and suckering until harvest time in September. Tobacco used up the nutrients in the soil in a few years and required large amounts of labor to cultivate.
13 The VA colony became dependent on slave labor and large number of Africans came from Africa against their will because successful tobacco growth depended on inexpensive labor.