Small Coffee Plantation (ETW-WC building)
|Small Coffee Plantation|
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An area of land given over to the growing of a crop for trade.
Plantations can turn a large profit for their owners, providing the seasons are kind. The division of lands into small sections under a series of private owners means that profits can be made for personal gain. These profits can then be used to buy a plantation owner power and prestige within their society. As land-holding becomes concentrated in the hands of a few people, the chance for profit and for investment in those lands also grows. Income is not diluted into feeding many farmers and their families.
With large plantations it also becomes practical to hold slaves on a larger scale. The slave trade was not something that was carried out only by Europeans. Many Native American tribes were also in the habit of keeping slaves – both bought from traders and captured in warfare – to work their lands.