Excerpt from Southern Bivouac, Vol. 5: June, 1886-December, 1886
After having been carried on for nearly forty years, on a limited scale, and with spas modic efforts, cane culture was practically abandoned in the colony in 1766. The ﬂoods of the Mississippi River were scarcely re strained by the very defective levee system existing along the river coast, where cane culture was then confined; the crops had been occasionally destroyed by West Indian hurri canes sweeping up across the Gulf of Mexico. The proper methods of preserving seed and protecting Stubble from the rigors of winter in the temperate zone were then unknown, and the primitive and incapacious machinery employed in the conversion of the crops into marketable products was unsatisfactory in its results.
The cane then cultivated in Louisiana was of a species called, half a century later by planters who had come in from other States, the Creole cane. According to information derived from some of the oldest and most in telligent planters of the State, it was originally imported from the Azores into the West In dies, and from Cuba into the French Colony. This variety was short and of a pale green color; a needle-like growth bristled from its joints, maiming the hands of those who har vested it, while it was too soft and delicate in texture to withstand the injurious effects of the autumnal frosts; hence it has long since been abandoned, and is now almost extinct in this State. During the present century it has been entirely supplanted by the ribbon cane, which, originally introduced into the New World from the East Indies, was received in Louisiana from the Antilles; by the red or blue cane from the same region; by the yellow cane of Otaheite; and by other varieties from Mexico, the Sandwich Islands, and Java. In time the ribbon and the red and blue cane came to be almost exclusively cultivated, as it was practically demonstrated that they were the species best adapted to this soil and climate.
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