When the first settlers from Europe came to the southeast they began to grow crops. The first crops were indigo a plant used to make a dark blue dye and tobacco. Later they began to grow rice and cotton.By the middle of the 1800,s cotton in the southeast . It was sold to factories in great Britain and in the northeast.

Cotton is not as important to the southeast’s economy today. Almost every state in the southeast however still grows some cotton.For centuries tobacco was a crop that american colonists in the southeast could sell.