Original Essays and Selections on Agriculture, Horticulture, Rual and Domestic Economy, and Internal Improvements

Original Essays and Selections on Agriculture, Horticulture, Rual and Domestic Economy, and Internal Improvements

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...recently presented a memorial to the French legislature, with some interesting sta tistical facts. It appears that the vine is cultivated in seventy-two departments of France, over a space of 1,736,056 hectares (the hectare is equal to about two acres.) The annual product is estimated (in money) at a milliard (a thousand millions) of francs. The department of the Gironde contains 137,000 hectares of vineyard, yielding, net, 3,321,586 hectolitres of wine, valued at 63,161,928 francs. The expenses, in advance, for this culture, amount to eighty millions; and throughout the year it employs more than 200,000 individuals, nearly one-half of the whole population of the department. Without counting the coopers, the wagoners, carriers and sailors whom it contributes to support, it is supposed to occupy at least two millions of laborers over the kingdom at large. But this vast branch of industry, according to the memorial is suffering excessively from the high tariff system, which exclude the manufactures of the northern countries, particularly iron and linen. There is an extraordinary diminution in the quantity of the French wines now taken away by those countries, and some have imposed countervailing duties which amount nearly to prohibition. The history of the losses of the winegrowers, from the exclusion of foreign products, and domestic adulteration, chiefly caused by the taxes, is altogether signally curious and instructive. The duties imposed by foreign states on French wines are stated to be. as follows: By Sweden, on every hdd. red f or white wine, J Norway, .... 200 Prussia, .... 520 Russia, .... 750 England, .... 1200 United States, ... 189 Before the year 1789, one hundred thousand hogsheads of wine were annually exported from Bordeaushow more

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  • English
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  • 1236987659
  • 9781236987655