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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Georgia's trees become Georgia's gold for new colony
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Roger Allen - photo by Special
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.) It soon became evident that the new colony of Georgia had a large number of forests that would produce some of the best naval stores — tar, pitch, paint and varnish — in the world. The monetary value of naval stores from Georgia and the Carolinas was well known. In 1790, a barrel of pitch (31 1/2 gallons) fetched 25 shillings and 8 pence ($114.18 in today’s money).
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