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King Cotton

To be profitable, cotton farming relied on the labor of enslaved people who worked the feilds of large plantations.

The defeat of the confederacy put an end to slavey, but the cultivation of cotton continued.

In the late 1800s, the cotton belt spread westward as new technologies emerged.

By 1949, cotton was grown almost all over the state.By 1910, cotton farming had spread into central and west Texas.

Twenty-five years later, cotton was still concenterated in the same general regions,but production had increased.